Jul 25, 2011

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

I found this copy of The Hobbit from a book sale at Robinsons Galleria. Surprisingly, it took me just a few days to finish reading it. Compared to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, this one is an easy read. The story was very straight forward: Bilbo Baggins was tricked by Gandalf to join thirteen dwarves in their quest to recover the Lonely Mountain and its treasures from the dragon, Smaug. Bilbo who was just a simple hobbit was to become the burglar. On the way to the mountain, they encountered difficulties and different creatures and from a hobbit who wishes nothing more than to be home, Bilbo became more mature and wise. He also met Gollum and found the magic ring which was central to the sequel of the story. The dragon was slayed, but not by the dwarves, but by Bard. The surrounding town was destroyed and there were other claims to the treasure of the mountain but the dwarves refused to share. Bilbo used the Arkenstone, a rare jewel, to convince Thorin to give up some claims and accept help but he refused. He was later on wounded but made peace with Bilbo before he died. Bilbo only accepted a small portion of his reward but it was enough for him to return a rich man. And when he returned a year later, he was just in time to see his possessions being auctioned off by his relatives. But he gets most of it back and settled to a simple and happy life after such a long journey.

I think the moral lesson of the story is
"You are capable of more than you can possibly imagine."

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