The Hobbit was written in the 30s sometime – and stands alone. Although not part of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, it is the inspiration. We’re introduced to Bilbo and are transported through the world of wizards, goblins, dwarves, elves, etc. in a quest to retrieve an enormous stash of gold and treasures hoarded and guarded by a fire-breathing dragon.
Been putting off getting swept into the entire LOTR fantasy world – for years. But, that reluctance has been to my detriment. The Hobbit is a bit darker than the Harry Potter world and is very much young adult. But, a story that a young-at-heart adult can enjoy, as well.
Be willing to suspend reality, it is a world of complete fantasy and imagination. No sex, no objectionable language – squeaky clean read. Narration is terrific.