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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.
It's been a few year since I read this last. However this was the first time on Kindle. I have to say the convenience of having a book with me always (I use the kindle app on my... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Amkandtrb
One of the great books of all time. I loved it when i first read it as a child, and I still love it as an adult.Published 14 hours ago by Bulldog51
One of the best books I've read! I absolutely loved it! I would definitely recommend reading it if you ever get the chance.Published 1 day ago by Thatcreepymalldude
Great story, found it very entertaining and never got bored of it, I wish that there was a sequel and can't wait to see the movie for it.Published 1 day ago by Gorocks2012
Best story ever. What a special treat to hear Tolkien tell the story of Bilbo and Gollum and to sing "Chip the Glasses and Crack the Plates". Read morePublished 1 day ago by Donna Lynn
This book is my new precious. Loved it I definitely recommend it to every single person out there. Great book.Published 1 day ago by Chiara.
A classic and literally masterpiece, especially when paired with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. For the sake of transparency, I'm a HUGE Tolkien fan and a collector of his works. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Antiquarian Owl
While the three part movie series of the hobbit might be more visual, there is nothing better than seeing the original in your "mind's eye" as you read it to your children... Read morePublished 1 day ago by chief