Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire
to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard
Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his
services - as a burglar - on a dangerous expedition to raid the
treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo?s life is never to be the
The Hobbit became an instant success when it was first published
in 1937, and more than 60 years later Tolkien?s epic tale of elves,
dwarves, trolls, goblins, myth, magic and adventure, with its
reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins, has lost none of its appeal.
Now, the classic hardback edition is available once again.
Featuring the distinctive cover illustration painted by Tolkien
himself, it has been redesigned to match the popular hardback
editions of the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings, which also
feature Tolkien?s cover illustrations.