Why this book?
Tolkien’s Middle-Earth is a world for readers to lose themselves in. Before The Hobbit, I thought of elves as toymakers and cobblers, dwarves were one-dimensional characters with silly names, and trolls lived under bridges. Tolkien’s tale of lost kingdoms, magic swords, and a dragon’s stolen treasure changed everything. The Hobbit transformed dwarves into mighty warriors and craftsmen, while elves became masters of magic and lore. The story includes evil goblins, a skin-changer, giant spiders, a talking dragon, and most important of all, the titular character, Bilbo Baggins. Dragged into the ‘miserable adventure’ by a wizard known for his fireworks, Bilbo often misses the creature comforts of home, but the quest cannot succeed without him. This was my first true fantasy read and remains a favorite.