The Hobbit opened the eyes of many readers to a small portion of what J.R.R Tolkien would unveil as his great creation. It was certainly my first experience of the world of middle earth and it created a love within me for the unusual race of people Tolkien had created - the Hobbits. I came to become almost like a companion to Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin and all the dwarves as I read through this astounding classic.
I'm going to keep this review to a short singular paragraph simply because I feel there's little else that needs to be said about the Hobbit. As the tale that opened the door of Middle Earth it stands superb. As an adventure tale it stands great. And as a pure fantasy classic it exists magnificent.
My later more in depth review is here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/260061220