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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Perfect Start to a Journey!, 14 Dec 2004
I first had the hobbit read to me during primary school. Every Wednesday afternoon our art teacher would read to us as much as he could in an hour. Being quite a hyperactive child this book accomplished somthing which teachers rarely could; KEEP MY ATTENTION FOR LONGER THAN 10 MINUTES! This book is the perfect introduction to the world of Middle Earth and all the characters and races therin.
Once you enter into this fantasy world of hobbits, Elves, Orcs and wizards you never truly leave it. Tolkien was an outstanding author, and "The Hobbit" introduces to the reader a world so wonderfully described that it lives and breaths with every page. Every river, road, tree and house can be envisaged by the reader as if they were their, and this I feel is the magic of Middle Earth which Tolkien created. Anyone who fails to read this in their lifetime has truly missed out on a masterpiece. I have now found myself reading other books by Tolkien like "The Sillmarillion" and "Unfinnished Tales" just to learn all I can about a world which, if I am truthful, I am insanely jealous of!
This is just the beginning! Middle Earth has history going right back to the creation of Middle Earth and it is all explained in other Works by Tolkien. If, after reading "The Hobbit," you think Tolkien is a genius you have barely scraped the surface!
Overall a brilliant read well worth the time and suitable for all ages, but especially hyperactive children! However, be Prepared to want to know more, and there is A LOT more!