Bilbo Baggins of The Shire is a quiet loving little hobbit when Gandalf the Grey, wizard and meddler, decides Bilbo is really in need of an adventure so sets him up as the burglar to a small group of dwarves who want to take back their homeland from the dragon, Smaug. The way is long and fraught with danger but in a moment of temporary madness, Bilbo runs after the departing dwarves to join with them. The rest is history.
Honestly, if you have managed to not read this book or at the very least, see the movie, I can't help you and this review won't mean much to you. It's delightful, silly, and scary. It's not nearly as long winded as LotR and doesn't switch it's focus between multiple groups. It was written for children and yet is still wonderful for the adults who read it for themselves or to their children. My almost 13yr old chose to read it for school since we are doing a major study of LotR next year and this was a great introduction to him of the style and language while not being quite so daunting (and without all the flipping walking of Fellowship). It's so easy to see why this is considered a classic.
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