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Prelude. The Hobbit

Review of J.R.R. Tolkien's Novel
   Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit, and Hobbits are people who greatly value comfort, quietness and food. One day though, his peaceful existence is unexpectedly and brutally disturbed by a terrible unrespectable thing, that is an adventure. Chosen by the malicious wizard Gandalf to help an expedition of Dwarves to reclaim their lost heritage from an evil powerful dragon. As the designated burglar at the Dwarves's service, Bilbo must go out of his beloved cosy little home and into the Wild. There, he must face many cruel creatures and tricky situations. On his path are laid many horrors but also wonders which will change him forever... if he can adapt and survive this perilous quest. For not only do great dangers await him and his companions on the terrible journey to the Lonely Mountain, but then even if they manage to overcome them, at the end, the most terrifying dragon awaits them there.
   The Hobbit is a wonderful introduction to Tolkien's world. I would strongly advise any new-comers to Middle-Earth to start first with it as it is highly entertaining, delightful and easy reading. Fairly short, very accessible, thoroughly enjoyable, the story is written in a much lighter tone (often overtly comical even), than the actual trilogy, and is much less intricate. The style of the language is much less literary and poetic, though the play on words and narrative techniques demonstrate a great linguistic skill. Actually, the tone is quite familiar and the narrator frequently addresses the readers and anticipate their reactions and questions, while at the same time pretending to be retelling events that have been revealed to him and not that he made up himself. For instance, about certain characters, he claims that he has "never heard" what happened to them. Narrative disruptions, often as witty humorous comments in brackets, are numerous and contribute to the general colloquial mood.
   This novel shows the great scope of Tolkien's talent: his story-telling can be light-hearted or much darker and serious, his prose quite accessible or fairly complex, his style plain or richly poetic. It is often said that The Hobbit was primarily addressed to children and The Lord of the Rings to adults, which could explain the shift in style. Maybe also the explanation is to be found simply in the author's own maturity between the prelude and the novel itself as well as the tragic historical events he was confronted to. However, it would be a shame not to read it and it is regrettable that it is often separated from the novel itself as it is indeed a part of it. The novel, and by extension all of Tolkien's work on Middle-Earth originated from this little tale. From this simple first line, "In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit", which he claims he suddenly thought of with no particular reason, a whole universe began to unravel in his mind.
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