'A great modern classic and the prelude to 'The Lord of the
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious
life, rarely travelling any further than his pantry or his 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 a plot to raid the treasure hoard
guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous
dragon. Bilbo is most reluctant to take part in this quest, but he
surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and his skill as a
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien's own children, 'The Hobbit' met with
instant success when published in 1937. It has sold many millions
of copies worldwide and has established itself as "one of the most
influential books of our generation" 'The Times'.
"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read
'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' and those who are going to
"A finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins
and trolls… an exciting epic of travel and magical adventure, all
working up to a devastating climax"
"A flawless masterpiece"