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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.
There's no point in reviewing the storytelling of Tolkien, although I will say that I personally find it superb and I would suggest it to readers of all ages. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Jebba
Slow start, and ending, but otherwise one of the great adventures of all time. I read it to my kids 8-14, and they all loved it, and hated to pause in the numerous cliff... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Andy
It was a good book I will probably recommend it.it was extremely long. So yea this is the end of the reviewPublished 1 day ago by The Wandering One
Through this wonderful tale and back again. This book and it's story have been my companion for three score years and more - first read to me by my Nanny and then read and re-... Read morePublished 1 day ago by James Huston
Far too long it took me to finally read this legendary novel. And now all I want to do is read it again and again.Published 1 day ago by Writing and loving it
Written very well. Not at all as difficult a read as friends had suggested. Of course the story is amazing. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Meiling
You will happen to be transported in to a wonderful tale of many characters that have many small problems arise. While solving them the Hobbit changes and grows.Published 1 day ago by LuvRBooks
The hardcover version that I received was not as advertised. I instead received the 50th anniversary edition, which is not what I wanted. Read morePublished 1 day ago by C A