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The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again
The Hobbit or There and Back Again
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
ISBN-13: 9780739410745
ISBN-10: 0739410741
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 255
Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 9
The Hobbit is possibly one of the finest pieces of fantasy fiction ever written. This is a must-read for anybody even remotely interested in the genre. Because it is a stand-alone book it is much easier to get into than the Lord of the Rings trillogy.
Just reviewing it makes me want to read it again!
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Helpful Score: 6
This is the book that arguably started the fantasy genre. It's easy enough for kids to understand, but with a breadth and depth that will entertain the most jaded reader. This is one of the most influential books I've ever read!
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Helpful Score: 6
Nice edition of the book. It has interesting illustrations, and as always draws the reader into a magical world.
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Helpful Score: 4
J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" is perhaps one of the best-written books about the advantages of having parties. Written relatively early in his days as an Oxford don, "The Hobbit" is a strongly autobiographical novel about Tolkien and his status as a party man. His reputation as a party enthusiast was so secure, in fact, that Tolkien regularly was the host to impromptu parties as other Oxford and even Cambridge professors would appear uninvited at his home with the expectation of a good meal, some beer or wine, and rousing party games.

It is such experiences that form the basis for "The Hobbit." A sedentary fellow, much like Tolkien, Bilbo Baggins finds himself the unassuming host of a party of dwarves (more established professors) and the wizard Gandalf (the president of the university).

Wooed by promises of great wealth, and strongly encouraged by Gandalf, Bilbo joins the dwarves on a quest to regain their lost ancestral gold, an action that represents Tolkien's own quest for tenure, a position that, once secured, would guarantee him employment, a place to live, social status, and ultimately a healthy retirement package.

The story follows Tolkien-as-Bilbo's journey to the heart of the Lonely Mountain, where he must confront the dragon Smaug (the experience of teaching undergraduate and graduate students) and be swept up in the dramatic Battle of Five Armies, a situation not unlike peer review.

And in the course of the story, Bilbo acquires a magical Ring that secures his reputation with the dwarves, much as Tolkien's literary and liguistic prowess, developed through education, secured his position in academia.

A thoroughly fascinating and enchanting book, "The Hobbit" will have you wishing again and again for the opportunity to attend more parties and, even more, to host them yourself.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is an annual re-read and never disappoints! For the first time however, I did notice that the reading level is somewhat "younger" than his wonderful trilogy. I can hardly wait for the movie(s) and wish that Gandalf could coerce the movie powers that be as easily as he does the dwarves and Bilbo Baggins in this book LOL!
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Helpful Score: 2
I read this for the first time as an adult and will forever lament that I did not grow up with this story. I had seen the animated movie but thought I should start reading Tolkien at the beginning, so I picked up my dad's copy of The Silmarillion. Not a great choice for me at ~10 years old, as I was used to reading Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary at that time. I didn't try Tolkien again until I was an adult and looked over my husband's illustrated copy of The Hobbit, gifted by his school-teacher aunt and uncle when he was a child. I have devoured JRRT's works since then. That's how good The Hobbit is.
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this is a classic. i remember reading it as a child and loving it, then picking it up fifteen or twenty years later, reading it again, and still loving it. in my personal opinion, it's the best of the whole series.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a good book. I read it twice. The first time I didn't understand it, but the second time around I was older and more understanding. I hope someday to reread this book.
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This is a wonderful classic read.
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Tolkien the father of fantasy as we know it today. What more needs to be said. Wonderful book and a great read.
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This is a great book! Loved every minute of it!
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FROM THE PUBLISHER

Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.
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This was one of the first books I chose to read as an adolescent. I loved the adventure and success of Mr. Bilbo Baggins in his role of 'burglar'. Growing up in a rural area with lots of trees, hills and streams my friends and I would often imagine we were in Mirkwood or in the Misty Mountains battling trolls, or orcs or escaping the wood-elves. I never thought about the fact that the story is all male characters and it certainly didn't affect my enjoyment of the story. The same is true today as I finished reading it again...I was looking for a light fast read that would take me away from some of the woes of the world we live in and I still find the story engaging and one that I can identify with as an adventure lover. I certainly appreciate Mr. Baggin's sensibilities more today than when I first read it.
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My favorite adventure book!! Loved it as a child, still love it, now my kids are enjoying it.
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Like many, I fell in love with this book as a child, and I have revisited with much pleasure throughout my adult life. The story is told with such affection and humor, and the vivacity of the characters speaks to its enduring fame and seminal role in fantasy literature.
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Having read a most abbreviated version of this novel to my children when they were young I decided to read the novel in its entirety. What joy! What pleasure! I remembered Gandolf as an overpowering figure. So he is but in this novel he becomes just one of many fascinating characters and I simply adored Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming hobbit who becomes caught up in an adventure when he would rather stay in his little home. And, the detail that the novel sheds far succeeds the earlier version I read so many years ago.

Since I recently read an authorized biography about the author I felt I had a good deal of insight into Tolkien's imagination. On occasion the author referred to himself as Bilbo Baggins and he tried writing poetry but was unsuccessful. Thus, I found myself chuckling each time his characters spouted poetry. I can add little to what others have said except that if you love creative worlds of fantasy this is one of the best.
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This book is written in such a way that i was able to picture each scene as they happened. It made me want to watch the movies after i finished reading it. it is a wonderful book.
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What a magical, delightful book. J.R.R. Tolkien, a contemporary of C.S. Lewis, weaves a wonderful tale of intrigue and enchantment. A very pleasing little book.
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I read this for the first time as an adult and will forever lament that I did not grow up with this story. I had seen the animated movie but thought I should start reading Tolkien at the beginning, so I picked up my dad's copy of The Silmarillion. Not a great choice for me at ~10 years old, as I was used to reading Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary at that time. I didn't try Tolkien again until I was an adult and looked over my husband's illustrated copy of The Hobbit, gifted by his school-teacher aunt and uncle when he was a child. I have devoured JRRT's works since then. That's how good The Hobbit is.
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Helpful Score: 1
I read this for the first time as an adult and will forever lament that I did not grow up with this story. I had seen the animated movie but thought I should start reading Tolkien at the beginning, so I picked up my dad's copy of The Silmarillion. Not a great choice for me at ~10 years old, as I was used to reading Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary at that time. I didn't try Tolkien again until I was an adult and looked over my husband's illustrated copy of The Hobbit, gifted by his school-teacher aunt and uncle when he was a child. I have devoured JRRT's works since then. That's how good The Hobbit is.
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Helpful Score: 1
A delightful book that will be part of my high schoolers "must read" list.
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Classic, enchanting and, magic.
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Bilbo's story is the base for The Lord of the Rings, and an enchanting tale on its own. It was written for children, but adults too find the charm of Middle Earth, hobbits, dwarves, wizards and dragons irresistible.
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Great read. If you're a fan of the lord of the rings trilogy, this book is a must have.
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great book!!!!!
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This story is a enchanting one.
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I adored this book. It has a great story line, exciting plot...it's a classic really. It has led to a lifetime obsession with JRR Tolkien. I wouldn't even get rid of it except I have multiple copies.
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Summary:
Bilbo and the dwarves approach the Misty Mountains. The sense of danger increases and, once again, Bilbo thinks of home. Gandalf warns them that they are at the edge of the Wild and that they can stay with his friend Elrond in Rivendell. The way is difficult, but at last they come to the valley of Rivendell and are greeted by singing elves. Bilbo loves elves, but dwarves and elves are traditional enemies, and Bilbos companions decline the elves invitation to supper.

The group comes to the house of Elrond, a wise and hospitable elf. They stay for fourteen days, until midsummer, eating, singing, and telling tales. Elrond identifies their swords as having come from dragon plunder or the Goblin-wars and translates their runes: Thorins sword is named Orcrist and Gandalfs is Glamdring. Elrond also interprets the moon-letters on Thorins map, letters like runes that can be seen only by the light of a moon that is the same as the one under which they were written. The letters tell the reader to stand by a stone near a thrush and the setting sun of Durins Day will shine on a key-hole. Thorin, Durins heir, explains that Durins Day is the first day of the dwarves New Year. The next day, the dwarves leave to go over the Misty Mountains and beyond.

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I really enjoyed this book! It had a good plot and moved along at a good pace. Not boring at all!
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This is a book I have been reading over and over again since I was in the 6th grade! It's a great story and much easier to read the the Lord of the Rings trilogy. If you haven't been able to get into the trilogy, you might try starting with this book.
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What can I say! It's a classic of classics.
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THE LEAD BOOK TO LORD OF THE RINGS TRIOLOGY...
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Very good adventure story book.... Easy reading and if you have any kind of imagination you will love it!!!!!!!
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This was a wonderful adventure that I just couldn't put down, all three times I read it!
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A very easy read, less complicated and dark than the trilogy, the Hobbits quickly become a favorite!
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I love this dramatized version of The Hobbit! My family listens to it in the van and we just really get into it. The actors are fantastic. They really make the story come alive. Some of the voices are so silly and funny that the kids and I just crack up.
You won't be sorry if you get this! God bless you!
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A book based upon bedtime stories Tolkien shared with his children. It is by no means a weak or even silly book, but its background clearly shows against his other major works. For a beginner in fantasy - no matter their age - it is a good choice. Full of info, interesting and even dangerous moments, The Hobbit eases one into Tolkien's middle earth. For the fanatic - it may seem and is very light compared to the Silmarillion. It is a good starting point with Tolkien and fantasy in general for the novice, and a great welcome back for all of us cynical self-proclaimed professionals.
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Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit that is comfortable in his home, and in his chair drinking tea. The wizard Gandalf thinks Bilbo needs more excitement in his life. Although Bilbo disagrees with Gandalf he ends up in the front lines in many of adventures.

There are subtle hints that a darker time is coming for Middle Earth. Many little things fall into place that would later tell the Lord of the Rings stories. This is the first appearance of Gollum. The scene with Bilbo and Gollum always stood out the most, that and Gandalf.

There really was nothing I disliked. To come up with something I would have to compare to the new movie but I am not going to get into that. But just so you know the book is better and the movie is excellent but different in some places.
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this was a very diff. kinda book than I'm use to but it ended up being a very good read to me
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This is a cute book which makes me smile when I read it. Written for a younger reader than the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but still a great and entertaining read. It is a must if you plan on seeing the Hobbit movie coming out this December!
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This was a very good book.
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I loved this book! It was so interesting to see how Bilbo got started and follow him through all his adventures. I honestly didn't think the book would be this good because friends who aren't as big a fans of the LOTR series told me they had a hard time following it, but I was very pleasantly surprised. :D
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A favorite in our house! Tolkien's classic tale will be reread many times by our boys.
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great writing from page one til the end
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Great fantasy novel for kids and adults. We used it as a literature study for grades 6-8 homeschool. Join Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with dwarves, a magician and elves!
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full-cast version, from the BBC 1998. very interesting way to experience this book!
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This is a good book. It is a prequel to the Lord of
the Rings and tells the background of Bilbo Baggins and
how he came in possession of the Ring in the first place.
It's a great read. Read it first so you will know how
The Lord of the Rings end.
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this book is really great, and it really help you understand some of what is going on in the LOTR trilogy. i would defintly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, just because J.R.R. Tolkien is the father of elves and dwarves and all that. i assure you that you will enjoy it, and if not just post it back up on here and someone else will!
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What can I say about this book, it's a classic!
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This was my first fantasy book. I was hesitant to read it...never had an interest in fantasy at all. But my friend put it in my hands and told me to read it. I did, and it was fantastic! Much better than I was expecting. I loved the characters and the variety througout the book. It never failed to hold my attention. I would recommend this book to anyone!
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fairly easy to follow and very entertaining. The description in the book left little to the imagination and I felt I could see everything and everyone. It would be fun to go on an adventure such as this, and I do when reading it.
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Great book!
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One of the very few books I could bare to read three times and is great for anyone above the age of 10!
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Excellent book
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Loved the story.Very descriptive.Could picture all the scenes in my mind.
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Awesome book!
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Really enjoyed it. I read it about 3 years ago and then continued on to the LOTR trilogy.
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This is one of the greatest stories ever told and this is my favorite copy of "The Hobbit" that I have had the pleasure to read. I have held in my hands much more expensive copies but this is the most comfortable to read. The heft and size is just right without being too big and heavy to hold for a long time. The illustrations are great, also.
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Cute, really good story and explains alot about the lord of the rings
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Awesome classic!
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Excellent listen, excellent narrator
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One of the greatest adventure stories written for children. A must read introduction to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The hobbit includes roaring adventure, and unforgettable characters showing bravery, sacrifice, and courage in an alternate world that seems ever so familiar to the author's own landscape. This is "high reading" that will expand the reader's vocabulary by the author's rich descriptions, characterizations, and terms of his day. 21 C students should strive to rise above the dumbed down literature of the day and be enriched by the effort. Between the action, the adventure, the amusing songs that are sung by characters throughout the story and delightful and unexpected plot twists -- The Hobbit will continue to be known throughout the literary ages as a masterpiece.
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What a delightful story; really enthralling. This is the prelude to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy
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Superlative rendering by narrator Rob Inglis.
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I read this for the first time as an adult and will forever lament that I did not grow up with this story. I had seen the animated movie but thought I should start reading Tolkien at the beginning, so I picked up my dad's copy of The Silmarillion. Not a great choice for me at ~10 years old, as I was used to reading Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary at that time. I didn't try Tolkien again until I was an adult and looked over my husband's illustrated copy of The Hobbit, gifted by his school-teacher aunt and uncle when he was a child. I have devoured JRRT's works since then. That's how good The Hobbit is.
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I read this for the first time as an adult and will forever lament that I did not grow up with this story. I had seen the animated movie but thought I should start reading Tolkien at the beginning, so I picked up my dad's copy of The Silmarillion. Not a great choice for me at ~10 years old, as I was used to reading Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary at that time. I didn't try Tolkien again until I was an adult and looked over my husband's illustrated copy of The Hobbit, gifted by his school-teacher aunt and uncle when he was a child. I have devoured JRRT's works since then. That's how good The Hobbit is.
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Simply the best book ever written. I know there are few who can feel the true enchantment I feel for this book, but I think all will love it.
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A fun read...
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I read this for the first time as an adult and will forever lament that I did not grow up with this story. I had seen the animated movie but thought I should start reading Tolkien at the beginning, so I picked up my dad's copy of The Silmarillion. Not a great choice for me at ~10 years old, as I was used to reading Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary at that time. I didn't try Tolkien again until I was an adult and looked over my husband's illustrated copy of The Hobbit, gifted by his school-teacher aunt and uncle when he was a child. I have devoured JRRT's works since then. That's how good The Hobbit is.
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While The Hobbit isn't my favorite Tolkien story, this is the one I recommended to everyone. Of his work, it seems to have the broadest appeal or, at the very least, does not take a lifetime to finish. This is the litmus test for the rest of Tolkien's work. If you finished and enjoyed The Hobbit, then venture further into Middle Earth with "The Lord of the Rings" and other stories where the text becomes much more dense and detailed.
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Excellent.
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Fantastic!!! Fantasy classic!!!
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Wonderful warm inviting tale. The Tolkein book for people who love Tolkein, and those who find his other tales "difficult reads". Great to read as a family, as well.
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A Classic!
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I read it again after seeing the (1st Peter Jackson) movie (and having last read it 40+ years ago). It's definitely a young person's book, it loses some of its geographical realism for me, and it's obvious that Tolkien was not a tactical warrior. I liked the book much better than the movie, the book is light-hearted (if you ignore the constant killings), the movie takes itself way too seriously.
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Bilbo Baggins leaves the comfort of the peaceful Shire for adventures in lands unknown. His traveling companions are a troup of dwarves and a wise and good wizard. A very entertaining read, you will want to continue the story with other Tolkein books.
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It's The Hobbit. Need I say more?
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Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse, unknown dangers. Finally it was Bilbo - alone and unaided - who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside...
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read and enjoyed this many years ago
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The prequel to the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy.
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A much loved classic-a must read for teens and adults who love science fiction with morals
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Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil ores, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse, unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo-alone and unaided-who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside...
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great book a must read before the movie comes out
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Whatever the edition, I have to say that I found The Hobbit a very good story, but nowhere near as interesting as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since I first read both as a college student, it is possible that my lesser enjoyment of The Hobbit was due to my age.

Whatever...for me, LOTR is absolutely wonderful, while The Hobbit is just very good, and even a trifle boring in a few places.
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BEST ONE OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
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This story came before The Lord of the Rings and is almost a necessity to understanding them.
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Well, I read this book awile ago, but I really liked it then, and would recommend it to all fantasy lovers.
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The pre-quel to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Great read.
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Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet and comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders and worse, unknown dangers. Finally it was Bilbo--alone and unaided--who had to confront the great dragon Smang, the terror of an entire countryside....

This stirring adventure fantasy begins the tale of the hobbits that was continued by J.R.R. Tolkien in his bestselling epic "The Lord Of The Rings".
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a stirring adventure fantasy
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So much has been written about The Lord of the Rings yet so little about its prequel The Hobbit. I fortunately came to Tolkien via The Hobbit first. Not as ambitious as the trilogy yet just as engrossing. In this one volume you meet many variety of races, go on a journey with the reluctant Bibo Baggins, battle trolls, orcs, spiders, evil elves and of course Smaug the dragon!I was lucky enough to have this be the first book that transported me from our world to a realm vivid with colorful characters, landscape and adventures.There isn't as many all out battles or the darkness of the trilogy but there is plenty of adventure to be had. If you liked the Trilogy and haven't experianced The Hobbit, you owe it to yourself to go back a generation and find out who Bilbo was and what he had to do with the One Ring!!!!
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Wonderful! This fantasy gives an easier-to-read introduction to the LOTR trilogy. Great for young and old alike.
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wonderful, exciting fantasy!
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An excellent book that provides a great background for Lord of the Rings!
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The Hobbit is a wonderful work of literature. Although it is officially a children's classic, the fantastical storyline and creative writing make it truly a great story for adults and children alike. Audiences will be thrilled with the characters Bilbo the hobbit, Gandalf the wizard, and the likeable company of Dwarves. A wonderful story!
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I read this one after I read the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy ("Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers" and "Return of the King"). I'm personally glad I read it afterwards--it gives a lot of good back story but I am not sure if I would have read the other ones based just on this book. If you do plan to read all four, though, this isn't necessarily a bad place to start. It's just not as exciting (in my personal opinion) as the other books or the movies.
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Part of the motion picture trilogy.
Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left along in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders & worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo wo had to confront the great dragon Smaug who terrorized the countryside.

This book begins the tale of the hobbits that was continued...
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I loved reading the Hobbit and sharing all the series with my children. I am now passing this story on.
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Bilbo Baggins is recruited by Gandalf to help some dwarves gt back their gold from a dragon. There is action, adventure, and some of the best songs.
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Excellent classic book. As always, J.R.R. Tolkien impresses and fascinates the reader with his vivid descriptions, dialogue and climax.
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Great book, although not bound very well.
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Its been a little more than a decade since I last read The Hobbit, I know that I read it before the LotR movies came out, but that was quite some time ago! With The Hobbit coming out in December, or at least the first one, I wanted to refresh my memory of the book that started it all. One of the things I love most about reading The Hobbit is that you have no idea the significance of anything. This was written as a childrens story, and is presented as such.

Reading it after reading LotR, you look at things a little differently. For example, I adore that Gimli is the son of Gloin, who is on this journey, but has a reasonably small part in the adventure. It would have been so easy for Tolkien to make Gimli the son of someone like Balin, or even Thorin somehow, but I love that he picked a lesser part dwarf. And Legolas is the son of the Elvenking of Mirkwood, but that is also not mentioned at all in The Hobbit.

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Part of me feels like this timeless classic hardly needs a review. But I am going to do it anyway. First off, say Bilbo three times fast without snickering. Go on, I will wait over here for the giggles to subside.

All in all, I greatly enjoy Tolkiens simple plot and expert word play with character and place names. For the linguists out there, Tolkiens works are riddled with ancient myth and cryptic language references. If you get some of these, you can sit around and feel extra superior as you read your special hardback edition at the cafe while drinking your spiffy fancy tea .
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This is a book to read and read again; no home library should be without it.
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As always a great read, starts everything. A nice book to get lost in for a few hours a day. Would recomend to everyone to read at least once in their life.
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Love the Hobbit in all forms.
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A Very charming book to start a very charming series.
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Copyright 1980, good condition, pages a tad yellow, but no water damage. Interesting prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy explaining the origin of the Hobbit.
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What can I say?
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What can I say about this book? One of my all-time favorite fantasy novels. A rich, captivating story that I've loved for years!
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I hate this book. I tried to read it twice, and both times I couldn't get any more than a little over halfway through it. It's literary trash.
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Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo alone and unaided who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside.
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Pretty good book.
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Best book ever written! Despite the fact that JRR refers to those 8 legged beasts as insects at one point. (He'd probably have some erudite excuse involving medieval usage.) Don't see the movies, they are triune abominations!
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THe JRRTolkien craze has a prelude. A worthy read.
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Read it now, before the movie ruins it.
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The cover is different.
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Hi!
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Must be an enhanced version; like the original, but with 2 "t"s.
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in perfect condition. must read for fantasy lovers. check out two others in this set. (forth book is "the fellowship of the ring" which i don't have, unfortunately.)
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Honestly, I thought the writing was very dry, and since I never even finished it I thought I ought to pass it on to someone who would appreciate it more.
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I was hoping to enjoy this book a lot more than I did. The story line and characters are great but there is too much drag time in between occurrences for my taste. The author takes a lot of time in describing the scenery so that the reader can feel he/she is following along in Bilbos journey, but I just found those parts tiresome. With that said, I can see how this story would make for a great movie.
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Bilbo Bagins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse, unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo--alone and unaided--who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside.
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This is the prelude to the Lord of the Rings series. I actually enjoyed this story much more than the Lord of the Rings series itself.
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just great! need I say more?
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You can't help falling in love with Frodo and the other characters. This is my favorite of the Tolkien novels.
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From the back cover: "Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo--alone and unaided--who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside!"
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This is a great story! It sums all the LOTR books up!!!
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Thought I would really like it, but I found it hard to follow. Usually really love Fantasy...this not so much. I'll stick with the movies. I know, I'm a terrible reader...
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This book is in perfect condition.
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This is NOT the 'movie version'. I read the original stories shortly after the first movie came out and LOVED THEM ALL. This is a great story, relished every word.

I picked this book up at a library book sale, so there are some marking in it from the library.
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Jacket worn but otherwise book in good condition.
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Pertty old copy from Ballantne Books.
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Book has some cover wear, otherwise solid.
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Just a note,my copy has a different cover.It is black with gold foil used in the author's name.It is labeled as "50th anniversary edition!".Published by Ballantine books and the ISBN 13 is located inside the front cover.Thank you.