I read The Hobbit for the first time when I was 11. As everyone knows, the book’s a must-own staple for young readers – with its tight editing, free-flowing poetry and song, rich characters and fast pacing. Dragons, dwarves, elves and wizards, The Hobbit defined much of the fantasy genre that exists today. And the book remains J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary masterpiece. While some die-hard fans will endlessly prattle on about the “importance” of his Lord of the Rings trilogy (or that recently discovered “Children of Hurin” nonsense – just ask those meandering cunts at TheOneRing.net), none of them embrace the joys of childhood wonder quite as well as The Hobbit. It’s a simple, beautiful story…and a timeless one.