Welcome to Week 1 of the Online Book Club discussion of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Online Book Club, if you've never joined us before, is a book discussion group that takes place entirely online. Each week, I write a new blog post that talks about different aspects of the book, and you can interact directly with me and other readers by leaving your comments. Check back each week and see what new topics we're talking about.
The Hobbit is an adventurous story about a reticent Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who embarks on a journey with a group of dwarves. They encounter goblins, elves, and enormous spiders on their way to raid the treasure trove of a dangerous dragon named Smaug. Watch Bilbo gain confidence in himself and his skills as the journey progresses.
If you want to follow along with us but you aren't interested in reading the book, you can always watch the movie version starring Martin Freeman. Check out the trailer above if you want to get a feel for the movie. Feel free to still leave comments on the blog posts, even if you're only watching the movie and not reading the book.
Make sure to read chapters 1-6 for next week!