A Review of the Hobbit by Nicolas, Age 8

The Hobbit by JRR TolkienMy dad and I just finished reading The Hobbit and since he didn’t let me watch the movie I decided to write a blog. This book is about a hobbit named Bilbo who comes from a family who hates adventures. Then one day some dwarfs and Gandalf (he is a wizard) came to his door and sent him on a treasure hunt with them. Together they fought many battles. There was dwarf named Thorn. Thorn was the son of Thrain. Thrain was the king under the lonely mountain. That is where the treasure is.

One day a dragon named Smaug took over all the treasure. Then a person named Bard in a place called Laketown shot Smaug in a bare spot with a black arrow, and Smaug died. Lots of people heard about Smaug’s death and then there was a big battle called the Battle of Five Armies just for the gold.

GollumMy favourite part of the story is when a strange creature named Gollum challenged Bilbo to a riddle contest in Gollum’s cave. If Bilbo won, Gollum would show him a way out of the cave, but if Gollum won, he would get to eat Bilbo! Bilbo won, but Gollum got mad because he suspected that Bilbo stole his precious ring. He tried to stab Bilbo, but Bilbo had already found the ring and it made him invisible. Finally, Bilbo found a way of escape.

I love this book because it adventurous and exciting—and I like exciting books!

The Hobbit Dwarfs FilmNicolas is a grade 3 student and lover of Narnia and Middle Earth. His oppressive father, who helped him spell the word “precious,” would not allow him to see The Hobbit on film, but was kind enough to read the book aloud, including funny accents for each of the 13 dwarfs. You can follow Nicolas on twitter: @TheNicolasTweet.

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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22 Responses to A Review of the Hobbit by Nicolas, Age 8

  1. Nicolas what a great review – I think you summed it up beautifully! I also remember thinking Bilbo was pretty lucky he was good at riddles. I don’t think I’d risk it – but I guess he didn’t have much of a choice. By the way I think you’re pretty lucky your Dad does all the voices. My son is 8 too and is reading the Hobbit with his Dad (I”ll have to have a word about the voices) – and we live in New Zealand. Funny to think someone on the other side of the world is doing the same thing.

    Great post!


  2. Jessica says:

    Nicolas Dickieson, by any chance?


  3. Greg says:

    Thanks for the great review, Nicolas! I have enjoyed reading The Hobbit many times and read it to my own son who is about your age.


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