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The Hobbit (novel)

388 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)
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
Much more reader-friendly than LotR.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
An example of excellent writing.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Much better than Lord of the Rings.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Charming, and for all ages; I read this aloud to my kids when they were preteens.
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
*sigh* Tolkien *swoons*
review by . July 25, 2009
Normally this wouldn't have made my reading list... J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit: or There and Back Again. I was well aware of Tolkien's books, but I wrote them off because "I don't do fantasy." Elfs, dwarfs, hobbits... just not my thing. But I'm also a techno-geek, and as such the Lord of the Rings books and movies are required in order to maintain your geek cred membership card. I 'fessed up on Twitter that I hadn't read any of them, and immediately was pilloried by my peers... Then I was subjected …
review by . July 13, 2007
Like many others who have read the Lord of the Rings books, I did so only after seeing the movies by Peter Jackson. And I read them in order, starting with the Hobbit, and continuing with the three LOTR books. Among the four books, this is probably the most boring of them all, with dozens of characters, many with titles, a lot of side stories in the plot, a lot of text used for descriptions of scenery, and a lot of repetition. For those uninitiated with the lore and legend of Middle Earth, this …
review by . June 10, 2003
The art is fantastic the story is more complete than one would expect.This is the trade paperback version of a 3 issue set that came out about 12 years ago. You would have to go to Tim Truman's Wilderness or Lone Wolf and cub to find a better comic. As an adaption of a book, no other comic compares. Buy it.
review by . January 10, 2002
I have an affection for the Hobbit that I don't have for the other volumes in the series, likely due to seeing the cartoon in childhood and enjoying the comic book adaption. (see paperback edition highly recommended!) It is rightly described as a prelude to greatness.We see how it all began when the most inoffensive of creatures Bilbo Baggins enjoying a day of smoke rings and the ordinary life he leads is drawn by fate (or Gandalf) into a great adventure with 13 Dwarfs, Elves, Spiders, Gobblins, …
review by . May 26, 2000
I first read "The Hobbit" in the 8th grade, at the age of 13. In the subsequent years, I have probably read it again an additional 20 times.I can't stop. I can't help myself. I hope I never recover.This was the book that opened up for me the glories of Middle-Earth and introduced me to the genius that was J.R.R. Tolkien.Yes, it's a children's story, differing greatly in tone from both "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion". But that's what it is supposed to be. A fairy story in the classic …
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