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 same again.
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.
Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the
immortals of children''s fiction. Written by Professor Tolkien for
his own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when
published - it was the Harry Potter of its generation. With new
Lord of the Rings movies around the corner, this special
Children''s edition is designed to put the book back where it
belongs - at the top of every child''s ''must-read'' list.