Years ago I was dragged to the movies to see a little movie called The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. I knew absolutely nothing about Tolkien or Middle Earth going in (I was very sheltered) but I was immediately drawn into their world. I immediately went and bought The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy and have been a huge fan ever since. I wanted to refresh my memory before The Hobbit comes out next month but I don’t have the time to read The Hobbit right now (too many comic books I am trying to familiarize myself with). That is when I realized we have a graphic novel version right here at Big B! Not only could I get a refresher but I could also see another interpretation of this classic.
The Hobbit was adapted by Charles Dixon and illustrated by David Wenzel and was originally printed in 1989. I love the way that they present Middle Earth. There is so much colour and the art is really well done. As anyone who has read The Hobbit knows, Tolkien can be a little bit wordy, but Dixon did a great job of focusing on the story while not losing the message. Don’t get me wrong, it is still wordy, more so than any other graphic novel that I have read, but it is still really easy to get through. While I love Tolkien’s original I was able read the graphic novel in one sitting which anyone strapped for time can greatly appreciate.
It was a lot of fun to follow Bilbo and the Dwarves on their adventure to the Lonely Mountain. After years of reading the novel and picturing the events unfold in my head it was nice to see it on a page. Since the graphic novel was done before Peter Jackson and his movies the characters obviously don’t look the same, but there are a lot of similarities. Gandolf and Gollum are easily recognizable for instance. I really loved watching Bilbo and Gollum during their riddle contest. But I would have to say my favorite part is Beorn. While his role is minor and fleeting I always enjoyed the part of the skin changer.
I would highly recommend this to anyone that like me just wants a quick refresh as well as anyone looking for their first Hobbit experience.