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The hobbit-hole in question belongs to one Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of a "little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves." He is, like most of his kind, well off, well fed, and best pleased when sitting by his own fire with a pipe, a glass of good beer, and a meal to look forward to. Certainly this particular hobbit is the last person one would expect to see set off on a hazardous journey; indeed, when Gandalf the Grey stops by one morning, "looking for someone to share in an adventure," Baggins fervently wishes the wizard elsewhere. No such luck, however; soon 13 fortune-seeking dwarves have arrived on the hobbit's doorstep in search of a burglar, and before he can even grab his hat or an umbrella, Bilbo Baggins is swept out his door and into a dangerous adventure.
The dwarves' goal is to return to their ancestral home in the Lonely Mountains and reclaim a stolen fortune from the dragon Smaug. Along the way, they and their reluctant companion meet giant spiders, hostile elves, ravening wolves--and, most perilous of all, a subterranean creature named Gollum from whom Bilbo wins a magical ring in a riddling contest. It is from this life-or-death game in the dark that J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, would eventually spring. Though The Hobbit is lighter in tone than the trilogy that follows, it has, like Bilbo Baggins himself, unexpected iron at its core. Don't be fooled by its fairy-tale demeanor; this is very much a story for adults, though older children will enjoy it, too. By the time Bilbo returns to his comfortable hobbit-hole, he is a different person altogether, well primed for the bigger adventures to come--and so is the reader. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I love this book more now than I did when I first read it 35 years ago!Published 44 minutes ago by Denise Rylander
I really, really enjoyed every minute of reading The Hobbit: 75th. Anniversary Edition on my kindle. On to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.Published 1 day ago by Lotus Blossom
a great book filled with tons of interesting lore and backstories that enhance the reading experience to a higher levelPublished 1 day ago by Renee Robinett
I liked this book because after I read it, I could remember everything that happened. One thing the author did well was he helped me picture the event in my mind. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mrs. Weinberg's Class
Very fun and exciting read.
Very sad when *spoiler* dies.
They say ten more words are required, there's your words.
Great read, wanted to read the book after the movie and i'm glad i did. enjoyed it.Published 1 day ago by Mandy
It was a pretty exciting book but some of it was slower. I saw the movie first so I don't know that I should say much more than that. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Shelby Shigley
love this book. Love the way if feels in my hands when reading it. Only problem is that after reading with my daughter so many times that it doesn't fit in the protective sleeve... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Joseph Howard