This is the greatest introduction to a fantasy world. Ever. There, I said it! No, not only into this particular fantasy world but the fantasy genre as a whole.
Rereading this felt like going back home and slipping under the duvet with a warm hot chocolate in the winter. I fell in love with the story all over again.
Bilbo’s adventure is quite extraordinary for he not only survives the dangers that threatened his and is company on their travels, but he also had a hand in their success.
The introduction of the ring and gollum is by far my favourite chapter. Riverrun is not described enough for my liking but the chapters with Beorn allowed me to forgive Tolkien for that.
A classic. THE classic. Don’t miss out on this book if you’re a fantasy lover, or if you have never read fantasy before – this (as I have said before) is the perfect introduction.