The Hobbit
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The Hobbit

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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 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!

Title:The Hobbit
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0618260307
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:366 pages

    The Hobbit Reviews

  • Matt
    Jun 02, 2008

    Some books are almost impossible to review. If a book is bad, how easily can we dwell on its flaws! But if the book is good, how do you give any recommendation that is equal the book? Unless you are a...

  • Darth J
    Apr 01, 2013

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  • Scott
    May 26, 2007

    There are some days when I actually think that the humble Hobbit is superior to it's bohemoth brother, The Lord of the Rings . It's a much tighter story, and Bilbo is a much more appeal character tha...

  • Inge
    Oct 07, 2011

    EDIT 03/06/2015: I've just about had it with people trying to change my mind on every Tolkien review I've written. Please don't comment if you're going to complain. I'm glad you enjoy his work, but I'...

  • Jason Koivu
    Nov 22, 2008

    From a hole in the ground came one of my favorite characters of all time, the very reluctant and unassuming hero, Bilbo Baggins. As a child, The Hobbit sparked my young imagination, causing wonderful ...

  • Will Byrnes
    Nov 05, 2008

    In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Books exist in time and place and our experience of them is affected by the specific time and place in which we encounter them. Sometimes an uplifting or...

  • Ben Alderson
    Feb 15, 2013

    JUST AMAZING! FUN AND BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE! I HAD TO READ THE END AGAIN BECAUSE OF MY LOVEhow they made three films out of this impresses me! ...

  • Traveller
    Jan 12, 2010

    Maybe one day soon I'll write a proper review of The Hobbit.In the meantime, I want to say this:If you are a child, you need to read this for Gollum's riddles.If you are an adult, you need to read thi...

  • Bookdragon Sean
    Jan 17, 2014

    To call this the epitome in which all high fantasy should be judged does not quite suffice; this is simply one of the best books that has ever been written or will ever be written. The Hobbit defines ...

  • Ana
    Dec 21, 2016

    The book is almost always better than the movie, and The Hobbit is the prime example of this sentiment. I have spoken. ...

About J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan