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The Hobbit- First Edition

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

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The beginning of the greatest adventure...

  • Jun 25, 2010
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"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 fed, and best pleased when sitting by his own fire with a pipe, a glass of good beer, and a meal to look forward to. Certainly such a fellow is the last person one would expect to see set off on a hazardous journey, indeed, when Gandalf the Gray stops by one morning, "looking for someone to share in an adventure," Baggins feverishly wishes the wizard elsewhere. No such luck, however; soon 13 fortune-seeking dwarves have arrived on the hobbit's doorstep in search of a burglar, and before he can even grab his hat or an umbrella, Bilbo is swept out his door and into a dangerous adventure.

The dwarve's goal is to return to their ancestral home in the Lonely Mountains and reclaim a stolen fortune from the dragon Smaug. Along the way, they and their reluctant companion meet giant spiders, hostile elves, ravening wolves--and, most dangerous of all, a subterranean creature named Gollum from whom Bilbo wins a magical ring in a riddle contest. It is from this life or death game in the dark that J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, would eventually spring. Though The Hobbit is lighter in tone than the trilogy that follows, it has, like Bilbo Baggins himself, unexpected strength at its core. Don't be fooled by its fairy-tale demeanor; this is very much a story for adults, though older children will enjoy it, too. By the time Bilbo returns to his comfortable hobbit-hole, he is a different person altogether, well primed for the bigger adventures to come--and so is the reader.

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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 . 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.
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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 by its abbreviated title The Hobbit, is a fantasy novel and children's book by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children's literature.

Set in a time "Between the Dawn of Færie and the Dominion of Men", The Hobbit follows the quest of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug. Bilbo's journey takes him from light-hearted, rural surroundings into darker, deeper territory. The story is told in the form of an episodic quest, and most chapters introduce a specific creature, or type of creature, of Tolkien's Wilderland. By accepting the disreputable, romantic, fey and adventurous side of his nature (the "Tookish" side) and applying his wits and common sense, Bilbo develops a new level of maturity, competence and wisdom. The story reaches its climax in the Battle of Five Armies, where many of the characters and creatures from earlier chapters re-emerge to engage in conflict.

Themes of personal growth and forms of heroism figure in the story. ...

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ISBN-10: 0261102664
ISBN-13: 978-0261102668
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
Format: Novel
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