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The Hobbit [Kindle Edition]

J.R.R. Tolkien
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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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A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings, with an iconic cover inspired by Tolkien’s designs.

This charming deluxe pocket-sized edition contains the complete unabridged text and features a beautiful leatherette cover and gilt-edging. The perfect gift for little Hobbits everywhere!

A beautiful gift edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's enchanting tale, fully illustrated by Jemima Catlin.

This deluxe hardcover edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy contains a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien’s own drawings and full-color illustrations, including the rare “Mirkwood” piece.

The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001).

This deluxe collector's edition of Tolkien's modern classic is boxed and bound in green leatherette with gold and red foil rune stamping on the spine and cover. The text pages are printed in black with green accents. It includes five full page illustrations in full color and many more in two colors, in addition to Thror's map -- all prepared by the author.

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4385 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: #222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a story that grows with the reader. March 31, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
In a mythical or maybe just forgotten time, many creatures lived in places like the Shire, home to Bilbo Baggins, Hobbit. Hobbits are comfort loving creatures with no real sense for adventure. A knock on the door and Bilbo's life is about to change.

Calling this book children's book is like calling "Alice in Wonderland" [see "The Annotated Alice"] a children's book. Yes children can read this book and it is fun. How ever there is a lot more to this book than a cute story. And it has all the depth of the other Tolkien works with the exception of being shorter.

Many people look at this story as a prequel to "The Lord of the Rings", where in reality it is a stand-alone story with a perfectly good beginning, middle, and end. When you read "The Lord of the Rings" there is enough description to forgo "The Hobbit." Personally, I find that reading The Lord of the Rings first gave me the in-depth background to better appreciate The Hobbit.
Many of the creatures and adventures will put you on the edge of your seat. You will recognize the personalities and grow along will Bilbo as he faces new challenges as he learns to deal with life.
A good book to read first would be "The Power of Myth" by Joseph Campbell. Then you get a clearer picture of why the story progresses as it does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book March 31, 2015
Format:Paperback
The Hobbit is about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins that goes on an unexpected journey. T would recommend this book to anyone who likes fiction,fantasy or adventure. One reason i would recommend this book is because the conflict is amazing. The reason it was amazing is that all the conflict is detailed and interesting. The second reason i would recommend this book is the characters. The characters are interesting, like Gollum "Thief, thief, thief! Baggins! We hates it, we hates it forever!" The last reason i would recommend this book is the situations. The situations the characters get in are awesome, cool, nerve-racking, and so much more. Some people might not like this book because of all of the fantasy in the book. Although, i think the conflict, characters, and the situations make it a great book. t would recommend this book to anyone who likes fiction, fantasy adventure. This book is fun to read and it had an awesome plot. If you like fantasy, you'll like this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for the ages March 28, 2015
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The Hobbit is a book filled with adventure. It's fun to read and fills the head and heart with an immense imagination. I recommend this book to anyone who can appreciate the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and fully grasp the art of imagery he wields.

The Hobbit is a true classic! If you've not read this in school, consider picking this one up. You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE HOBBIT March 30, 2015
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LOVED THIS. HAVE ALL THE REST OF THEM AS WELL. JOHN DOES A FANTASTIC IN NARATING THE BOOK, AND IT IS TAKEN RIGHT FROM THE BOOK, WHICH IS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT. CAN'T WAIT TO LISTEN TO THE REST OF THEM. LOVED IT. JOHN'S VOICE IS SO GREAT, EACH AND EVERY CHARACTER HAS A DIFFERENT VOICE, AND IS DONE SUPER WELL. A MUST LISTEN TO FOR LOTR/HOBBIT FANS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE HOBBIT, A CLASSIC FOR ALL TIMES March 30, 2015
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THE HOBBIT is a classic of modern literature and at the same time, a fantastic tale of another place and another time that has captivated readers of all ages, backgrounds, and societies. If you haven't read it, you owe it to yourself to do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, but not as good as the Lord ... March 29, 2015
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Excellent read, but not as good as the Lord of the Rings. You can see how the autthor grows more comfortable with middle earth by reading both books. This was exciting with interesting and different fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly adventurous March 29, 2015
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Quite enjoyable reading learning about the different types of beings that inhabit Middle Earth. The tales and adventures keep you wanting more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic March 28, 2015
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Good book. Movie really made a meal out of this one though. However I can see how this book is so popular. Well ahead of its time
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