Librarian’s Choice: Tolkien Reading Day

Dust off your copy of The Hobbit or your favourite of the Lord of the Rings collection because Friday the 25th of March is Tolkien Reading Day.

If you haven’t yet read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy or the the tales of the Hobbit, you better get to it; and this Friday is the best day to start.

I’ve included a book review of the The Hobbit penned by guest writer (and avid Tolkien fan) Matthew Avramit. Enjoy.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit (or there and back again), tells the story of Bilbo Baggins (the cousin of Frodo Baggins) who finds a mysterious ring in the prequel to The Lord of the Rings. It was first published on the 21st of September 1937 and is now a classic when it comes to fantasy novels.

A number of editions have since been published with some minor changes to the story. The novel introduces readers to Middle Earth and the characters that later play important roles in Lord of the Rings such as Gandalf the Grey, Elrond of Rivendell and Gollum who has a manic obsession with the ring that Bilbo finds. Bilbo Baggins’ story revolves around heart-stopping adventures; where he manages to save others and find many treasures sometimes with the help of the mysterious ring he found. Bilbo goes on a journey that changes him forever and he sometimes finds himself overwhelmed; but his character grows throughout the novel.

The Hobbit is a must read for anyone interested in a good-old fashioned fantasy novel with a less than likely hero. Bilbo Baggins epic journey will not be forgotten.