Book 29 is a reread from my college years and covers the nonhuman perspective of my popsugar challenge, The Hobbit. It was all from Bilbo’s point of view. Even though the narrator is not Bilbo, it is what we English people would like to call third person limited. You only know Bilbo’s thoughts and feelings. Though the narrator is someone else, it is still from Bilbo’s perspective. Bilbo is not a human but a hobbit, so it covers my popsugar challenge. Why am I going to such detail to prove it works? I was really trying not to read one of those sappy dog perspective books that would make me cry because the dog always dies (so I have heard and guessed). So when I found that I could use the Hobbit, I jumped on the chance to cross off that category. This year I am doing better at finishing all of the categories on this challenge.
Okay, so the Hobbit. If you are looking at this blog with hopes of reading the book for the first time and finding it like the movies, you will be a little disappointed. There is a lot of extra things added into the movies then what is in the book but at the same time, the dwarves and their personalities aren’t as bad. I say that because of one particular dwarf, Thorin. Thorin in the movies is a complete ass in my opinion and I didn’t like how he was portrayed. In the book, he is a little more expecting and kinder (except about the whole Arkenstone thing, the movie portrayed that very well). That being said, the movies do a good job of giving the dwarves different personalities. You don’t get that sense from the book.
One of the great things about the book is that you get a better sense of the world that Tolkien built and the way people lived. The best part is all the songs and the riddles that are in this book. If you like how words can play on your imagination and how Tolkien can paint a picture, this book is definitely something you should check out. I will warn you, there is no romance but there is plenty of revenge in the story. Oh, and the battle of the Five Armies is not nearly as big in this book. Tolkien doesn’t make a battle long. In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the battle of Helm’s Deep is just a chapter but takes up a quarter of the movie. Same for the Hobbit.
All in all, a wise decision to reread this book. Took me back to my college days and to memories with a certain friend who was in my Tolkien class with me, who stayed up late at night and worked on her paper with me in the library the day it was due. Well, see you next book.
Let's enjoy the many worlds there are to enjoy, in just our own heads.