The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.
J. R. R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
Written for J. R. R. Tolkien's own children, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies worldwide and established itself as a modern classic.
”One of the best-loved characters in English fiction... a marvellous fantasy adventure.” - Daily Mail
”A finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls... an exiting epic of travel, magical adventure, all working up to a devastating climax.” - The Observer
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959.
Tolkien is the creator of Middle-earth and author of the great modern classic, his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien died in 1973 at the age of 81.
Written by aca (2014-11-22)
Hard to know exactly what to say about The Hobbit - other than that I love it! I read it once a year and am always thrilled by the storytelling, there's so much packed into this small book and it has so much to offer, big themes, small heroes and the show-stealer himself: Gollum!