The Hobbit
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The Hobbit

by J. R. R. Tolkien
Release date: 1937
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, childrens
Tags: dragons, middle-earth, movie

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

(updated 2018-08-28)

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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!

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