What is "The Hobbit" About?

Have you ever heard of the Peter Jackson The Hobbit movie trilogy or seen the book and been led to ask, "What is The Hobbit even about?"  Well, I'm here to answer that question for you.

Our story centers around a simple little hobbit named Bilbo Baggins.  He is fairly well off, as far as hobbits go, and is thus able to spend much of his time relaxing at home with a good book and his smoking pipe.  Although he, like most hobbits, enjoys the quiet, simple life of the Shire, deep down he has always had a taste for adventure - though he had never acted upon it...

Until one day, when Gandalf the Grey, an old friend and wizard, shows up with 13 dwarves who are in need of a "burglar" to help them reclaim their stolen treasure.  Indeed, they hope to reestablish their dwarven kingdom that Smaug (a terrible, fire-breathing dragon) invaded and stole from them many years before.

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again as Bilbo pens it, is the story of their journey through Rivendell (where they meet Elrond, an Elvish ruler and friend), the Misty Mountains (infested by Orcs and home to Gollum), Mirkwood Forest (home of the cunning Wood Elves and terrible giant spiders), Laketown (a human settlement on the shores of the Long Lake under the shadow of The Lonely Mountain) and finally, to The Lonely Mountain, where dwells Smaug the Magnificent (the antagonist of the story).

One of the reasons that I love The Hobbit is because there is almost non-stop action, fun characters that you grow to love and root for, and great lessons about friendship, forgiveness, loyalty, courage and love (among other things). It is a fantastic read and, while not perfect, I found the film adaptations to be quite entertaining.

Again, this is a relatively simple overview for those unfamiliar with the story.  This is certainly not the most in-depth synopsis, but I think it gives you a good idea of the plot without giving away any of the exciting twists.  Please let me know if this was helpful to you or if you have anything to add.

Thanks!