Tolkien may not be the founder of the Fantasy Genre, but his name is definitely the most recognizable. Indeed, you would be hard pressed to find a fantasy novel after 1950 that has not been influenced by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. The Hobbit is the prequel to Lord of the Rings and does not have the recognition of the trilogy, but that could very well be because a movie with stunning visual affects hasn’t been made of it yet.
The Hobbit is about Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, who goes on an adventure he never expected. Hobbits look like humans, only less than half their size; they are even smaller than dwarves. His main goal, along with his thirteen dwarf companions, is to go to a mountain far to the East and recover a vast treasure of gold that has been held captive by the dragon Smaug. On the way there, they battle trolls, kill giant spiders, fight off goblins and Wargs, and escape enchanted elf castles.
I really enjoyed The Hobbit; the length, ~350 paperback pages, suits my comfortable (read: slow) reading pace very well especially compared to the 600 or so pages that each of the Lord of the Rings books are. I also found the language in The Hobbit much easier to read. What I particularly enjoyed about the book, at least in the 2nd reading of it, was the songs that were sung throughout the book. At first I couldn’t understand why they sounded so good: obviously the verses rhyme, but if I were to give poetry/song a try using rhyme, I’d definitely butcher it lol. After reading the first couple songs over a few times, I noticed they all had a pattern besides rhyming – they were all about the same length. Then it occurred to me that this must be the secret and I actually counted, yes physically counted on my fingers, the syllables on each line and without fail, every single line of each song had the same number of syllables as the rest. Well clearly it still requires an imaginative and artist mind like Tolkien to pull it off. My readers reading this will probably be laughing their butts off at this discovery of mine as it is probably well known, but its still exciting for me to find out on my own!
Well The Hobbit movie has been in production and is scheduled to be released 2011. You can find more info about it here at this website: The Hobbit movie