The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
My name is Rya. I am in middle school and I enjoy reading, writing, swimming, and backpacking.
Mr. Bilbo Baggins had never ventured far from his perfectly secure hobbit hole on the hill. His life was full of sleeping in, double breakfasts, leisurely strolls, and afternoon tea. That was, of course, until a swarm of dwarfs appeared at his doorstep, begging him to join them on an adventure. They claimed that he was a “burglar” who would ultimately steal back the dragon’s treasure. Although hesitant at first, Bilbo gains confidence as he ventures through forests, across hillsides, and into unknown lands. The thirteen dwarves, one wizard, Bilbo, the hobbit, battle spiders, goblins, wolves and other mysterious creatures. The hobbit finds himself becoming the hero of the story several times over. Although luck seems to be on his side, Bilbo often wishes for his cozy hobbit hole which he calls home.
The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again is the first book of the beloved classic series The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Although a portion of this book is slow going, it is a must-read book filled with the action of adventure, but also a sense of melancholy of adventures being over. Throughout the story, both Bilbo and I both learned a life lesson. Home is a comfortable place, but it only gains meaning when one returns after a long adventure. All in all, I did not absolutely admire this book, however, I think it is something everyone should read in their lifetime because it is a classic that teaches valuable life lessons.