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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.
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The Hobbit was very fun to read. It was the first time I read it or anything by J.R.R Tolkien. I loved Bilbo's character and Gandolf the most although I enjoyed Thorin, Fili, Kili... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Lacy P.
One of the best pieces of literature ever written! Loved it when I read it 30 years ago and I loved reading with my 12 year old! It's a timeless classic!Published 18 hours ago by Brenda J Bennett
The Hobbit was a most exciting read. Some of the scenarios are so perplexing that sometimes I found myself genuinely experiencing concern for the characters. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cassandra K.
Great story and everlasting enjoyment for me and my 9 year old to read together. It is one the few books that I will read more than once.Published 1 day ago by ds54321
The Hobbit is no doubt one of my favorite books of all time. I am a huge Tolkien fan and have been for a long time. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jennie Knighton
An enduring, magnificently crafted piece by one of the most profound authors of all times on the magical world of fantasy with extraordinary lessons and applicable analogies for... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Peter J. Coulchinsky