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The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Published: 2002-08-15
Paperback : 320 pages
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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.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own ...
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Introduction

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.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!

Editorial Review

From the Illustrated Edition of The Hobbit

Dwarves
"[This was] in fact no other than the great Thorin Oakenshield himself, who was not at all pleased at falling flat on Bilbo's mat with Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur on top of him."
Gandalf
"All that the unsuspecting Bilbo saw that morning was an old man with a staff. He had a tall pointed blue hat, a long grey cloak, a silver scarf over which his long white beard hung down below his waist, and immense black boots."
Smaug
"Smaug lay, with wings folded like an immeasurable bat, turned partly on one side, so that the hobbit could see his underparts and his long pale belly crusted with gems and fragments of gold from his long lying on his costly bed."

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Good and evil, the struggle of materialism, who really owns things/treasures
by beckylord (see profile) 07/10/10

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Book Club Recommendations

be a host like Bilbo and put out everything in your pantry
by BekeHeald (see profile) 03/04/13

Member Reviews

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  "Hobbit"by BekeHeald (see profile) 03/04/13

Bilbo sets off on a reluctant adventure and then comes home again.

 
  "Re-reading this favorite was wonderful"by beckylord (see profile) 07/10/10

Tolkien is brilliant! I love this book.

 
  "If you have not read it, you should"by ellentambo (see profile) 06/06/08

This is the first in the "Lord of the Rings" series--a prequel, so to speak. A great adventure story.

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