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J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his p...Read more
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Good, but a little elementary. Nice change from the Simarillion, though. Ugh, that one was tough. 5 names per every character and place, are you kidding? Read more
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J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. Written for J.R.R. Tolkien's own children, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies worldwide and established itself as a modern classic.

J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy featuring cover art by Caldecott Honor winning children's book illustrator Peter Sís, this edition of The Hobbit has been specially formatted for young readers. Larger print size and wider margins provide reading ease for the youngest Tolkien fans. This quality digest edition also includes interior maps and original interior illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition: If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) -- if you do not already know all about these things -- much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period. For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon , Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise.

Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole by a wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of a large and very dangerous dragon. Illustrations.


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ISBN-100618002219
ISBN-139780618002214

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AuthorJ. R. R. Tolkien
Number Of Pages288 pages
SeriesEdition 001 Ser.
FormatPaperback
Publication Date1999-09-15
LanguageEnglish
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Additional Details
Copyright Date1999
IllustratedYes

Dimensions
Weight9.9 Oz
Height0.6 In.
Width5.5 In.
Length8.2 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade
Grade FromNinth Grade
Age Range14

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Dewey Edition21

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"A flawless masterpiece."

"All those, young or old, who love a finely imagined story, beautifully told, will take The Hobbitto their hearts." Horn Book Guide "A flawless masterpiece." The Times of London


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The Hobbit

Created: 08/01/08
Good, but a little elementary. Nice change from the Simarillion, though. Ugh, that one was tough. 5 names per every character and place, are you kidding?
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The Hobbit

Created: 06/01/07
My son is a fan of this author and was reading this in school he wanted to continue with the series of books, and we have bought all that are associated with this character. He recommend this book and says it's just wonderful.
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I love this book more than the Loch Ness monster

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Created: 07/03/12
Well, I didn't actually buy this copy for myself, I bought it for my best friend becuase it's THE BEST BOOK EVER! Okay, no, it's not the best book ever, but it is one of my favorite books and I would recommend that anyone and everyone reads it. I have read it five times and have had an enjoyable experience each time. Tolkien's work is very impressive, as the themes in the novel are what we commonly read today, although they were not popular at the time. I admire what he accomplished and am very grateful for the books he produced.
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Created: 07/12/10
i would rather not type a hundred characters just to review a book buying experience...yet i seem to have not choice.
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THe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Created: 20/08/10
Fantastic book. I recommend it to everyone who enjoyed the Lord of the Rings movies. Keep a look out for it in theaters in the future.
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