Reading The Hobbit was a pivotal moment in my young life.
I saw at the blog The Art of Manliness a great post about this influential book.
Here is are the bullet points. You can read the rest there.
The Hobbit has been a favorite of children and adults alike since its publication in 1937. It used to take a backseat to The Lord of the Rings, but with the movie being released last summer, interest has been renewed in Bilbo Baggins’ adventure.
When it was originally published, it was put into the children’s category and even won prizes for best juvenile fiction that year. Tolkien himself, however, said that a simple tale like The Hobbit can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, making it a great story to read with your kids.
In the book, the reluctant Bilbo Baggins is recruited by a wizard, Gandalf, to join a group of dwarves on an adventure. There are 13 dwarves in the party (an unlucky number, hence the recruitment of Bilbo) who have been exiled from their home, the Lonely Mountain, by a dragon. In that mountain are mounds and mounds of treasure, which is what attracted the dragon in the first place. Nobody has yet had the gall to try to fight off the beast and reclaim the mountain, so these 13 dwarves, plus Bilbo, make a run at it. Together they cross valleys, mountain ranges, murky forests, and raging rivers in order to make their way back home to the Lonely Mountain to fight the dragon.
There are many lessons we can glean from The Hobbit, but today we’ll focus on just a few of this classic tale’s most salient takeaways:
1. You can aspire to and achieve greatness no matter who you are and no matter your stage in life. [...]
2. A great leader knows when it’s time to step back and let go. [...]
3. There are some things in life we just have to accomplish on our own. [...]
4. To simply continue on is one of the bravest things that can be done. [...]
5. A great story always has conflict or hardship. [...]
What lessons have you gleaned from The Hobbit? Which of these five most resonate with you? Tell us in the comments!
A good question.
Have you never read The Hobbit? The Lord of the Rings? The Silmarillion?
Don’t, please, for the love of all that is beautiful, let the movies be your only knowledge of the works.