The Hobbit is J.R.R Tolkien’s fantasy novel which was published in year 1937 and was well acclaimed by readers. The book also won the nomination for Carnegie Medal and was honored as the best juvenile fiction by New York Herald Tribune. The popularity of this work of fiction still remains huge and it is indeed a children’s literature classic.
The plot of the hobbit involves the story of Bilbo Baggins, a small hobbit who sets on a quest to get a part of a treasure which is being guarded by Smaug, the dragon. The journey shows Bilbo visiting calm rural surroundings and also coming across deeper and darker territories. The writing of the book has been done in an episodic fashion with each chapter introducing one or the other creature. Bilbo Baggins undergoes the development of a refined maturity level, wisdom and competence as he applies his common sense and wits on his way to win that share of treasure. The climax of the book shows “Battle of Five Armies” which involves most of the creatures and characters introduced in the previous chapters re-emerging in the battle. There is a battle that is fought between Wargs and goblins on one side and men, dwarves and elves on the other with Bilbo being with the latter. After a hard fight, Bilbo, along with dwarves, elves and men emerges victorious at the end of the battle. Bilbo Baggins then collects only a small share from the treasure and returns back to his land and to his home.
The achievement of personal growth, heroism, adventure and fantasy are the themes that are highlighted by the novel. The influence of the author’s vast knowledge about the Anglo-Saxon literature and the immense interest he had in fairy tales is shown in his writing of this book. This classic novel ranks in the top best selling novels of all time with more than 100 million copies sold till date.