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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.
A great epic adventure with wonderful character development. Gives a nice introduction into great fantasies. Tolkien is a true storyteller.Published 12 hours ago by Genelle Andrews
Tolkien makes great books I have read thin book 6 times although it can be confusing for small children I am going into 5th grade and I have been reeding it since 3rd it is... Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Best book! I read it aloud with my father at age 9 and have ever since loved the journey over the destination.Published 1 day ago by Todd K
🍺cheers! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Bilbo! Gandalf! Gandalf! Gandalf! Gandalf! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Bradley
This is the book that started it all.... A Hobbit finds the mysterious ring after
meeting Gollum. And thus begins The Lord of the Rings Trilogy... Read more
A good book for foreigners - like me - who want to start reading in English. It is easy, understandable and above all fascinating. Read morePublished 1 day ago by JPi TENG
my favorite novel of all time. the prequel to the quest to end all quests.Published 2 days ago by DylanUSArmyRet.
I love it when the narrator in a book has personality and presence. Most books, the narrator tries to be unobtrusive and uninvolved, but reading tollien is like having your... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer