The Hobbit or There and Back Again - J.R.R. Tolkien Fantastic.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve tired of the overused fantasy tropes. Searching for magic items, defeating dragons, etc. But Tolkien led the way. And despite the countless imitators who followed, his work seems as original as ever.

I appreciate all those writers recreating fantasy. Those who are getting away from the stock fiction which splices dwarves, wizards and magical items. I also recognize that Tolkien has a writing style that many find stylistically flawed. However, and maybe it’s just nostalgia from someone who was weaned on the Rankin & Bass cartoon, but nothing seems to detract from the greatness of this story.