Lord of the Ring trilogy directed by Peter Jackson is the best movie adaptation that I ever watched. How he described Middle Earth world satisfied my imagination and made me believe that such world really did exist. Unfortunately reading the prequel, The Hobbit didn’t amuse me like trilogy LOTR movie did. It’s maybe because there was no Aragorn, Arwen, Legolas or Frodo, or maybe the adventure that Bilbo had less noble purpose than Frodo had. There was no good versus evil war although the adventure is still interesting.
It’s beginning at Shire when Bilbo Baggins happily live the simple and peace life. No conflict, no adventure, and surely no surprises at all. But Gandalf suddenly come and change it all. He came with twelve dwarfs who want to take their treasure back from Smaug, the bad dragon who destroy their city and become the ruler there. They need a thief for this work and Gandalf recommend Bilbo, a hobbit, who smaller than dwarf, barely notice by man and have a skill to travel quietly. At first he refused this offer, no normal hobbit would take such quest, leaving Shire and his house which very convenience, it’s a crazy decision!!!
Strangely, Bilbo finally interested to join the dwarfs mission, and the adventure begin. Trolls, Goblins, Wood fairies, Beorn, men, Wargs, Eagles, all middle earth creatures, bad and good, they met them all. Don’t forget Gollum, who deceived by Bilbo with his riddles, from him Bilbo has a ring which can help him to finish this mission. It’s the same ring which Frodo must destroy.
I think in the first chapter this book give the valuable information to understand the world of middle earth, but the only thing that connected this book from LOTR trilogy was the ring pre-owned by Gollum. In contrast, the dwarf mission has nothing to do with the LOTR trilogy; it’s pure about thirteen companions who have mission to conquer the dragon and claimed their treasure back.
But I still adore J.R.R. Tolkien writing who always satisfied my mind about fantasy world. He always described middle earth so detail that I can easily imagine what its look like. He also created another new unique and sometime enchanted creature that always amuses his book reader. The variety of the creature in this book made me wish I could leave in Middle earth. In conclusion, it’s still one of my favorites book but unfortunately could not beat LOTR trilogy.