Bilbo is just like any other hobbit; he likes his quiet life in his hobbit hole. That is until Gandalf arrives and tricks Bilbo into hosting a party. The next day 12 dwarves and Gandalf show up to his door! Bilbo gets busy making food and getting drinks for his guests. The party goes on with music and when that ends Gandalf reveals a map with a secret door into the mountain.Gandalf proposes to the dwarves that Bilbo be their burglar to help them get to the mountain and their treasure back from the dragons. The dwarves aren't happy about this and neither is Bilbo at first. Bilbo agrees to join.They head into the wild, where they are saved by Gandalf from the trolls and he leads them to Rivendell. While in Rivendell more secrets are revealed about the map. Bilbo and the dwarves have a long journey ahead and none are looking forward to it, at times especially Bilbo, but they press on to the mountain where the dragon stays to reclaim their treasure.I've had this book for a long time and have only recently gotten around to reading it. I wanted to read it before the first movie comes out next year. I really enjoyed this book. I liked Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves and the other characters they encountered. Tolkien's writing style is very different and unique, it took a bit to get to used, but once I did I really enjoyed his style of writing. The story was nice, very fun and lighthearted. I think this book can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. I just hope that the movies will be as good as the book.