What is a hobbit? Well you must read the book to find out exactly, but he is a most human kind of person and one whom you will soon love. His adventures lie among other queer people, too, like dwarfs, wizards, elves, trolls, ores, goblins and hobgoblins, and, to crown all, the great dragon Smaug the Magnificent himself.
Perhaps you will think you don’t believe in elves and fairies so you won’t like the book. This is a mistake. “Fairies ” don’t come in, and the people who do are much too real not to be believed in. You will understand that as soon as you begin the book.
The hobbit’s name was Bilbo and this this is what he felt like when he first saw the dragon : “To say that Bilbo’s breath was taken away is no description at all. There are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.”
You may feel the same when you read the book, and anyhow I should want that elf-language to be able to tell you more without spoiling it.
— G. H.