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Jan's Reading Power Book Club: The Hobbit

Posted by Reading Power from Cardiff - Published on 01/01/2013 at 14:54
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So, it's a new year, and we're welcoming 2013 by reading a book that was first published in 1937, based in Middle Earth and is considered a 'flawless masterpiece'.

That's right, January's Reading Power Book Club selection is J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Hobbit, which has also been made into a film, don't you know.

Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End.

But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon

The prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth century.

Remember, you don't even have to buy the book to be a part of this discussion as you could pick up a copy from your local library.

When you do read the book, remember to pop back here and post your thoughts on the book and, if you've watched it, how it compares to the film below in the comments section. If you've read it already, please feel free to start the discussion!

The Reading Power Book Club is a new virtual book club for young people in Cardiff and involves Reading Power, Cardiff Libraries, Cardiff Council, theSprout and you!

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Zolo0206

Zolo0206

Commented 40 months ago - 11th January 2013 - 09:41am

Its a good book but it doesn't compare to the film very well.

moll_teaser

moll_teaser

Commented 40 months ago - 11th January 2013 - 21:14pm

If this is anything compared to The Lord Of The Rings movies with im sure it will be amazing...

CeefaxOfLife

CeefaxOfLife

Commented 40 months ago - 17th January 2013 - 16:42pm

I'm about a third of the way in and I'm quite enjoying it. There's more humour in it than I thought it would have, admittedly from my preconceptions of the fantasy genre and the po-faced LOTR films.

In fact I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying it, I've always avoided books of this type as it's all my dad reads and growing up seeing covers and covers of dragons and dwarves and that curly font they all seem to use made me think it was all incredibly naff.

I haven't seen the film but I would recommend getting this out of the library, it's a pretty easy read. The illustrations in my copy don't seem to add anything though, mind.

CeefaxOfLife

CeefaxOfLife

Commented 40 months ago - 29th January 2013 - 18:36pm

I've now finished (and returned to the library) my copy of The Hobbit and I've got to say it's a ripping good yarn.

I couldn't see any obvious subtext to the book and I must say that it was rather refreshing to read it for this reason. Or maybe I missed it? I heard Tolkien wrote it for his kids so I can't imagine there was any aside from 'read this and keep quiet'?

I'm very glad I read this, good choice Reading Power.

Tom_Bevan

Tom_Bevan

Commented 39 months ago - 3rd February 2013 - 16:19pm

An entertaining read, much better than the over-egged films. Good choice to start the year :)

MRBEARE

Commented 39 months ago - 5th February 2013 - 11:22am

The movie was epic.

demelverda2000

demelverda2000

Commented 39 months ago - 8th February 2013 - 09:29am

Such an amazing book, loads of adventure and creativity, if you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings collection, this is the book for you!

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Commented 38 months ago - 2nd April 2013 - 16:50pm

If you like The Hobbit then this competition on CLIConline, might be of interest... especially if you like Lego!

MCLD442

Commented 36 months ago - 30th May 2013 - 11:04am

I loved this book, it was gripping and very interesting. Recommended for teens and above!

MCLD442

Commented 36 months ago - 30th May 2013 - 11:19am

I love the hobbit

Alaska

Commented 33 months ago - 25th August 2013 - 15:28pm

I really enjoyed this! For my first bit of Tolkien ever it was quite good. Tolkien has a master of the English language and the action kept me wanting to read more. I loved it!

I did not expect the last Thorin/Bilbo scene to make me cry. That scene will make me cry in the movie.

Jackofalltrades

Jackofalltrades

Commented 33 months ago - 27th August 2013 - 15:36pm

I think I've read The Hobbit either three or four times, it's just incredible, I've also read The Lord of The Rings and I think of the two The Hobbit made much more enjoyable reading.
Sad to say I was a little disappointed in the first film, it just didn't interest me the same way the LOTR films did, but brilliant casting regardless

Jeff the Fridge

Jeff the Fridge

Commented 33 months ago - 30th August 2013 - 13:25pm

I remember trying to read The Hobbit when I was 5 years old and not understanding half the words that Tolkein was using. I read it again recently, and still couldn't understand everything without my kindle's dictionary

Rhysjames

Rhysjames

Commented 19 months ago - 26th September 2014 - 09:33am

Amazing book. The film's not so good though. I don't like the way that they've made it 3 parts. Stretches the storyline too much I think.

emilywillow14

Commented 19 months ago - 26th September 2014 - 09:36am

I really enjoy watching the hobbit but im still waiting for the next i hope its better

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