A beautiful book. I loved the Lord of the Rings movies, but the three pumped-up Hobbit movies not so much. Lately I got the urge to read this classic in order to right this wrong and change the perception of the story in my head. Success. It’s remarkably well-written, obviously for children, but captivating and interesting nonetheless. Tolkien’s descriptive style offers just the right amount of detail for the creation of a wonderful world full of rich characters in my head.
As a philologist, he of course has a great grip of language, and in this book that’s apparent from the naming of the creatures he developed, for example. They have made-up names which somehow convey their character already. The story was a page-turner for me and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. The weak movies are now overwritten in my head with more preciousss memories of this story. On to the Lord of the Rings soon, which I’ve also never read before.