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The Hobbit (novel)

384 Ratings: 3.6
J.R.R. Tolkien's classic 1937 fantasy novel that introduced readers to the mythical land of Middle-earth.

J.R.R. Tolkien's classic 1937 children's fantasy about a hobbit, a wizard and a group of dwarves who go on an epic quest for stolen treasure and of his misadventures.      The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, better known … see full wiki

Author: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Genre: Fantasy, Classic Literature, Epic Adventure, Children's Literature
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Houghton Mifflin, Ballantine Books
Date Published: 1937
60 reviews about The Hobbit (novel)
review by . July 21, 2010
THIS is the young adult novel to read
   Forget Stephanie Meyers, younglings.  THIS is the novel that will stretch your imagination.  You want monsters?  We got that.  You want adventure?  Got that too.  Romance?  Well, there is Bilbo and his love of food and creature comforts and the Dwarves and their love of gold...      In the precursor to the Lord of the Rings series, we are introduced to Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and Middle Earth.  Bilbo is the common man, or rather …
review by . June 23, 2010
   This is one of the first long books I remember my mom reading to me. I remember snuggling in next to her every night for the next chapter of the story, and being amazed at this story that had so many amazing things in it: Elves, dwarves, dragons, and one brave hero who had never really meant to be a hero at all.      I think this is the book that introduced me to my lifelong love of fantasy, and gave me dreams of writing my own. This is a wonderful book to read …
review by . July 03, 2010
Almost everyone has heard and read the Lord of the Rings series by Tolkien and is all too familiar with the adventures of Frodo and Sam as they try to destroy the ring. This book is more like a prologue and explains how Bilbo came upon the ring in the first place and describes all of his adventures in great detail.      It has a much more focused plot than the Lord of the Rings because for the most part all of the characters stay together and there is only one storyline to keep …
review by . June 28, 2010
This classic novel by J.R.R. Tolkien is a wonderful story about a respectable hobbit named Bilbo Baggins and his adventures with a group of dwarves as they take a journey to try and get back treasure that was stolen from them by a dragon. I really enjoyed reading about the many adventures the group had as they traveled toward their final destination, The Lonely Mountain. You first see the main character, Bilbo Baggins, as a hobbit of comfort, perfectly content with living out his life in his comfortable …
review by . June 25, 2010
Here is an adventure book that I can read again and again and enjoy every moment of it just as when I read it for the first time. Even more so perhaps because I see new things in it each time. It isn't just a story for the action and adventure of it, but for the warm, lovely characters in it. I feel at home when I read this book. The rustic story and characters are comforting, as is the way Tolkien writes. It's like I'm being told a bedtime story all over again. Bilbo is the kind of …
review by . June 25, 2010
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."      The hobbit hole in question belongs to a Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of a "little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves." He is, like most of his kind, well off, well …
review by . July 02, 2010
It stuns me to think that people can find this enchanting book boring. It really makes me wonder just how many of them have seen the recently filmed "Lord of the Rings" directed by Peter Jackson. If they have, and enjoyed them, I wonder if they know that The Hobbit was written by the same person that wrote the original book of The Lord of the Rings? This is a truly delightful book. I would recommend it to any reader above the age of eleven. Although the names are hard to grasp, the characters …
review by . October 13, 2010
   I loved reading "The Hobbit".  However, I've known many people who could not make it through reading The Hobbit (lost interest) even though these same people have devoured dozens of fantasy books and enjoyed the Lord of the Rings movies.      I find it impressive that Tolkien could weave such a great story without any romantic relationships to hold the reader's attention.
Quick Tip by . November 05, 2010
Loved it when I read it myself. Was I too young when they read it to me at school, or did I just want to read at my own pace?
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
This has got to be my favorite book of all time. It was introduced to me as a kid. Ignore all the hype. Prepare to hate it, and you might actually enjoy it!
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
I actually kind of liked The Hobbit better than the whole LOTR trilogy. Maybe because it's a more compact story. But they're all pretty great.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Much better than the movie versions, Tolkein actually conceived the idea and wrote much of it in letter form sent from the front lines of battle during World War I
review by . July 19, 2010
I recently reread this amazing children's classic and I was amazed at how fun and exciting it still was. The Hobbit is much more child-friendly and light hearted than the Lord of the Ring trilogy but with surprising depth. Honestly, I see myself rereading this again in a year or two, probably right after the movie comes out just so I can say how much better the book is.     
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
This is perhaps the sweetest story by Tolkien. It has all of the adventure of the Lord of the Rings trilogy along with plenty of humor.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Love this book. It is a classic. Would highly recommend.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
read this book quick and than get to the rest of the series! they are much more fast paced and wonderful reads!
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
While I realize this book is a classic, I found it to be long and hard to stay interested in.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Now these books were really fun. Easy to pick up and put down. I liked the sing song tone of it.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
While the story is nice, I find Tolkien's style a tad too descriptive for my tastes
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
If you're a LOTR fan, you need this as a starting point. Also great for those who aren't at a reading level of LOTR just yet.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Can't wait for the film!
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
I never could get into this, but it's not for everyone, I suppose.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
I loved this book. It's a great intro for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and how Bilbo found the ring in the first place!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
the second best book in the LOTR series. if you count it as part of the actual series. the prelude explains how bilbo and gandalf met each other. and also how bilbo came about the all powerful ring. an honest classic, just like another star wars series. cant wait til the movie comes out next year!
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
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