Living in his little hobbit-hole in Hobbiton, Bilbo Baggins is not the adventurous type. He is content with his normal life: eating good food, which a favorite past-time of hobbits, sipping piping-hot tea and serving it to his guests, and strolling through the rolling hills watching the sun set. Little did Bilbo know, that one bright morning in May, his life would change as a result of a few unexpected guests. Journey with Gandalf the Grey, a mysterious wizard, thirteen dwarves, and a hobbit that redefines his identity as they travel through the dark Forest of Mirkwood, past the City on the Lake, and battle the dragon Smaug the Magnificent to reclaim their long-lost treasure. You'll be sure to like this book due to the author's amazing talent, unbelievable fantasy setting, and the epic struggle between good and evil.
The author, J.R.R. Tolkien, delineates this epic fantasy "as if he is actually sitting in front of you telling a story".
He is able to paint a picture in your imagination with compelling words, and hold you captivated throughout the entire story. For example, Tolkien writes, "The entrance to the path was like a sort of arch leading into a gloomy tunnel made by two great trees that leant together, too old and strangled with ivy and hung with lichen to bear more than a few blackened leaves."
The fantasy world Tolkien creates, Middle-Earth, contains memorable characters, in accord with an editor of Barnes&Noble.com, in which he mentions, "Bilbo Baggins, the polite and peaceful hobbit; Gandalf, the wise and powerful wizard; the eerie and sinister Gollum". Reading this book will take you out of ordinary life and transport you to a world filled with adventures. For example, Tolkien remarks on Gandalf: "If you had heard a quarter of...