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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.
This book is so good!! I would recommend it to all my friends!!! It's very long but so worth reading it.Published 4 hours ago by Carmen Rockett
A must read for any fan of the Lord of the rings trilogy, or the Peter Jackson movies.Published 12 hours ago by Betsy
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This book was great! :) I like about this book was the adventure....I didn't like all the poem type things
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This is amazing adventure story, probably one of the best of all times. Very hard to put this one down!Published 1 day ago by Kevin E. Holder
My opinion of “The Hobbit” is that it is one of the best books to read if you, as a reader, like fantasy, action, adventure or “Lord Of The Rings”. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Reading Is Fun
The Hobbit was another book I purchased for my grandson, for the summer reading assignment for school. Again, he enjoyed reading it.Published 3 days ago by Grandmother