The Hobbit

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Harpercollins (uk) | August 30, 2012 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Hobbit is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End.

But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ''there and back again''. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon...

The prelude to THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE HOBBIT has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth century.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 6.8 × 4.2 × 1.1 in

Published: August 30, 2012

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007487290

ISBN - 13: 9780007487295

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mildly Impressed I am a huge LOTR fan and as such was rather excited to read The Hobbit. In then end I have to say I enjoyed about half the novel. The first quarter was good, then things really slowed down for the middle half and picked up a bit for the last quarter of the story. I was disappointed by how quickly the dragon Smaug was killed, I was expecting a greater battle not a death by a single arrow. The book is entertaining enough though, with the banter of dwarves and the many adventures they find themselves in along with Bilbo Baggins.
Date published: 2013-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Need a Hobbit This is my second reading of The Hobbit...the first reading was sometime in my teens. So of course my recollection of anything in this book was nil. It was a slow start for me...I don't read a lot of fantasy these days. Half way through and I was completely captured. Evil goblins, sneaky elves, and a scary dragon. And don't forget the gold-hungry dwarves. My favourite of course is the grumbling little hobbit. A tale of adventure, a complete getting lost in another world. It's easy to see why this book has enchanted people of all ages for so many years.
Date published: 2013-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Revisiting Childhood On the one hand, it's inextricably tied with my childhood. In fact, it was published the year I was born, and it was read to me - the first book ever read to me - while my father tried to get me to sleep. It became a book re-read to me many times in my youth, and then somewhere along the way, even though it was a favourite, I went a long while with it just being on my shelf. Until now. It's the movie, of course, that made me revisit the book. My husband and I went to see it and I spent a good chunk of the time thinking that I'd missed something. I enjoyed the movie - don't get me wrong - but I couldn't remember most of what was happening on the screen. Which, it turns out, is due to the movie being considerably filled in from scanter details from the book. And that's fine. On the other hand, the book on its own has some flaws that are harder to bear as an adult re-reading a treasured childhood memory. Tolkien sure liked his exclamation marks, and had an odd tendency to tell, not show. Also - the poetry (especially the nearly nonsensical elves). Again, though, it's hard to mind. This is a classic, the first of its sort, and that begs a certain level of forgiveness - there was a lot of smiling on my part at the fussiness of Bilbo himself, and the rather stolid (and often punch-line) nature of the dwarves. The elves are certainly not their Lord of the Rings counterparts in this book, and the overall amusement tone is much higher here. And I'd completely misremembered the ending. I'd re-written it in my childhood memories and reversed a few things. Revisiting the book and seeing how things actually turned out was a bit of a shock in places - I remembered the dwarves as being so darned honourable, and they really aren't - but that made it more intriguing to re-read. I thought I knew 'The Hobbit.' I didn't. But it was nice to get to know it again.
Date published: 2013-01-24

– More About This Product –

The Hobbit

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 6.8 × 4.2 × 1.1 in

Published: August 30, 2012

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007487290

ISBN - 13: 9780007487295

From the Publisher

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End.

But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ''there and back again''. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon...

The prelude to THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE HOBBIT has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth century.

About the Author

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits. Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as attested to by, among other works, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse:English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Hos latest work, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, was never before published. It was written while Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford during the 1920's and 1930's before The Lord of the Rings.
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