In a culture filled with reality TV, Twitter, and endless sarcasm an adventure tale like the Hobbit stands out as refreshing and timeless.
I won't go into the plot here, as you have either: - already read it - are interested and should read it for yourself - or have no interest in dragons, hairy footed little people and awesomeness. A plot summary would serve none of those groups.
Suffice it to say that I enjoyed reading the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and company far more than I did those of his younger cousin, Frodo. The Hobbit was much more action packed and the smaller scope allowed me to invest more in the characters. I also appreciated the lighter diet of Middle earth songs and poetry, which in The Lord of the Rings can sometimes go on for pages.
Here's hoping that the transfer of this superior Tolkien adventure to film is as succesful as that of The Lord of the Rings.