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The Hobbit [Kindle Edition]

J.R.R. Tolkien
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,227 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Now a major motion picture

A great modern classic and the prelude to THE LORD OF THE RINGS
 
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or 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 launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

“A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts.” – New York Times Book Review


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Amazon.com Review

The Hobbit (or There and Back Again) is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien. It follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who embarks on an incredible journey. This children's classic and literary masterpiece was first published in 1937 and has since become a treasured work of fantasy literature. Dragons, trolls, and magic await the reader on this memorable adventure.

Bilbo, along with his friend Gandalf the Wizard, embarks on an adventure with a band of dwarves that sends them into the wild and the depths of the earth to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a dragon. Along the way, he meets elves, men, giants, goblins, spiders, eagles, and a strange creature named Gollum.

While the tale of the Lord of the Rings has become highly popular in our modern society, The Hobbit is the original story that laid the groundwork for this epic tale to take place. What transpires as a game of riddles and escape from the creature Gollum in the Hobbit is, in fact, the foundation for an entire adventure for the whole of Middle Earth in Bilbo's later years.

Inspired by the author's time serving in World War I, The Hobbit builds to a climactic battle in which many characters met throughout the book reappear. This stunning fairytale is one of adventure, lessons learned, and an entire world born of Tolkien's imagination and desire for an English folklore. The Hobbit is a timeless classic that can be appreciated by readers of all ages.

From Publishers Weekly

Noted artist Hague provides 48 dazzling paintings for this first-ever version of the timeless fantasy classic. All ages.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5598 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345534832
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (February 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079KT81G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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119 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical memories.... October 31, 2000
By Steph
Format:Paperback
My father introduced the late great Mr J.R.R. Tolkien to me when I was 8 years old, at a time when I had an insatiable appetite for literature of all kinds. From one night to the next I used to long to hear of events that - somehow - had been happening during my daily absence.
"The Hobbit" only added to my impatience. The animated tones of my father's voice as he described Bilbo Baggins's journey into the middle earth, created images of green mist, rugged mountains and dark woods that only a childs mind can see so vividly. Yet I can remember the look on my father's face as he turned every page to rejoin the adventure. And I realised that this book - this fantasy land - had captured my fathers imagination as it had mine.
For years after my father read me "The Hobbit", I longed to recapture the feelings that I first encountered in Bilbo's adventure - to learn more about Gandalf, and conjure up further images of dark, mysterious scenery. But maybe that time was too special. Maybe I'm never mean't to find another book with such magical power ..... because maybe I was lucky to be introduced to one in the first place.
There are a lot of maybe's in life - questions that go along unanswered - as there are in this book...... that's the magic.
In my adult wisdom (!?) I now know that I'll never truly recapture the feelings that I had as a little girl. But - when the time arises - I will strive to provide the same atmosphere in which my children can realise the magic of reading. And "The Hobbit" is the book that made me realise how important the magic is.
So Mr Tolkien, wherever you are, I give you 5 stars.... for the thousands that you have already given me.
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72 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version reformatted April 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This review concerns the Kindle edition. I paid $9.99! I would think at that price the publisher could have somebody edit the e-manuscript! There are numerous paragraph breaks where there should not be as well as some typoes. This detracts from the reading experience! Please fix! (the book itself is a fantasy classic and deserves better treatment than this slipshod editing)

Edit 6/7/11 - looks like they reformatted the kindle version to deal with those errors. I don't know for sure if they caught them all because I haven't had a chance to look at it all - even if I had made bookmarks for the errors I wouldn't have been able to check because downloading the new version means the old bookmarks get deleted.
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154 of 187 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Tolkien's Hobbit takes the imagination on a wonderful flight
of fantasy. I read this book on a yearly basis and each
year I am delighted and captivated by the world of Bilbo
Baggins.

Bilbo is a reluctant member of an adventure that will
forever change his life and the lives of those around him.
He accompanies 13 dwarves on a mission to reclaim the gold
and mountain kingdom of their ancestors from the dragon,
Smaug. They have many adventures and mishaps on their
journey to the lonely mountain including the climactic battle of
five armies. Bilbo finds a magic ring along the way which
leads, not only to a rise in his stature, but also to a new
adventure for his friends in "The Lord of the Rings."

Tolkien is a master storyteller and the depth of his skill
is best seen in this tale. In the following trilogy, "The
Lord of the Rings" the story is continued, but the sheer
delight of "The Hobbit" is never fully recaptured.

This collector's edition is beautifully bound. Even more
enjoyable are the illustrations and paintings by the author
himself.
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114 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice coffee table book! September 27, 2000
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book because I wanted a hardcover illustrated fancy version of "The Hobbit".
I'm just going to pretend that everyone who reads this review has already read "The Hobbit" and knows what it's about. Like I suspect many others do, I have my own old sacred tattered and dog-eared paperback version on the Tolkien bookshelf.
This book (the physical object, not just the story) is beautiful. It's clothbound in dark green and embossed in gold, and the bottom corner of the front cover has a gold embossed dragon, tastefully rendered. The paper dustjacket/cover features a dragon as well (I'm guessing Smaug). Eye-catching.
There are many full-page color paintings, and many grayscale drawings (not full page) throughout. I'm not an art student, so I don't know what they're really called. Pencil-drawings or something. I call them grayscale because they're gray. Anyway, the Allen Lee illustrations are utterly charming, soft and colorful without being too bright. However, I wouldn't recommend this illustrated book for very young children; some of the goblins and trolls are frightening!
I was a bit disappointed that Alan Lee didn't include more illustrations of Elves. Most of the pictures dealt with Bilbo and the dwarves, with a few of goblins and Gollum (scary). Also, I pictured Bilbo Baggins to be somewhat on the "stout" side...the text *does* refer to Hobbits as being "inclined to be fat in the stomach" and liking two dinners a day, "when they can get it." The Bilbo Baggins in these illustrations is quite slender and looks as if he could use that second dinner right away! Maybe even a third and fourth! The balding, skinny Hobbit did surprise me. But then, I kind of expected the chubby halfling I saw on some old Tolkien calendars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Absolutely enjoyable. The adventure and the descriptions of the characters were accurate so that when watching the movie you knew who everyone was.
Published 2 hours ago by George M. Wuest
5.0 out of 5 stars It feels as great as it looks
I love the texture and feel of this little book that I have read more than once, and even given as a gift to a friend. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Karl Stocker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great re-read
Big Fan of Tolkien's literary masterpiece's. This is the third time I've read the Hobbit, and I pick out something new every time I re-read (then again, my memory is not as it... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by G.Sheehan
4.0 out of 5 stars very well written, believable "other" world.
I did enjoy reading the Hobbit (read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy a few years ago). Tolkien did construct a realistic "Pre-history" world, and this book reflects his... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Turtle Mother
5.0 out of 5 stars Wishing there were more of these
This was a fast read and Great Book really illustrates the depth of imagination we are capable of it keeps you interested .
Published 2 days ago by Mike Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Library Large Print Edition
I got this for my little brother, and he is thrilled with it. Technically this book is beyond his first-grade reading level, but he loves the story so much that he wanted to read... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Margaret O'More
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost like Brand New
The disc content guide is missing; however, the discs are in great condition. I am quite satisfied with this item, and so are my students.
Published 2 days ago by LTonya Miniweather
5.0 out of 5 stars the hobbit
This book is amazing I love this book you should get it the book is about a hobbit bilbo who is on a quest to kill the dragon
Published 3 days ago by R. Long
4.0 out of 5 stars great start
I don't know why I never read it before I saw the Lord of the Ring trilogy...everything makes more sense now.
Published 3 days ago by Melissa Moodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacman
Very good book, a classic by now. All fans of Tolkien should like it. Good way to check on the movie's accuracy.
Published 3 days ago by paco mikam
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J.R.R. Tolkien (1892.1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

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