Such a lovely book that I just don't know what to say about it. The Hobbit is, in so many ways, an easier read than [b:The Lord of the Rings|33|The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)|J.R.R. Tolkien|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347257199s/33.jpg|3462456], but is no less beautiful for it. Tolkien takes a more casual, often witty tone with the narration here, which suits Bilbo and his adventure nicely. And Bilbo is himself a wonderful character, more concerned with his peaceful home than wealth or adventure. I do wish that the individual dwarves had gotten some more character development (it's very easy to forget there's thirteen of them, as they tend to melt into a mass of dwarf) but that's really the only thing I can even think of complaining about. It is, otherwise, very nearly perfect in every way.