Today I am here to talk about one of the books that I have loved for years. I read The Hobbit while in High School and I hadn’t read it since. This is going to be me talking about what it was like to reread it for the first time.
I first read the hobbit years ago in the height of my Tolkien interest. I got into Tolkien backwards. As with almost every fandom I’ve ever joined I am usually the unicorn that got into the fandom in some weird backwards way. I rarely on the ground floor, I am usually crashing through the top floor window of the skyscraper, squeezing my eyes shut as I run down the stairs, vaulting past everything, until I make it to the ground floor and start from the ground up, like nothing ever happened and I’m not a thousand years late to the party.
I first got into Tolkien after watching the second Hobbit movie in theatres. Then, over the summer I read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in two months. So, it’s been a few years since I last read The Hobbit. I absolutely enjoyed it when I last read it and now felt like as good a time as any to pick it up again.
About a month or so ago I decided that I wanted to reread it. So, I listened to it as an audiobook while playing Animal Crossing and before bed and let me tell you that it was an incredible experience. 5 minutes in I realized what I loved about it the first time. It’s so whimsical and comforting. It’s a slow moving story but it hold my interest.
I think that what I like about it, is it’s the simpliest form of quest story. It follows Bilbo’s journey to the mountain and back, nothing more. There’s no politics, other than dwarves wanting their mountain back. There’s no romance. There’s no twists and turns. It’s straightforward and that’s what makes it feel so warm and comforting.
I don’t have much more to say about it, because I really just enjoyed myself. I was worried that I wasn’t going to like it as much as I had the first time, and I am so glad that I was wrong.