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The Hobbit : Or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien (1999, Paperback)

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien | ISBN-10: 0618002219 | ISBN-13: 9780618002214
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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, paperback, 1986
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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.


    Product Identifiers
    ISBN-100618002219
    ISBN-139780618002214

    Key Details
    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 From9
    Age Range14

    Classification Method
    Dewey Decimal[Fic]
    Dewey Edition21

    Reviews
    "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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    I loved being enveloped in Middle-Earth!

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    Created: 31/03/13
    It is a wonderful book. So rich with adventure and such and easy read. Great for the younger teens/pre whom might have a harder time reading The Lord of the Rings. Exquisite writing, of course, beautiful story and not quite as much poetry and long details as his other works; which works great for an easy, fun read. Recommended for ages preteen and up! Adults will love it too. Plus, if you are waiting to see what happens with the movies, the book is much shorter.
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    A book everyone should read!

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    Created: 21/03/12
    Fantastic book! A real classic! A must read! Great adventure/fantasy story for children and adults alike.
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    One of the worlds Great Books 4 ever!

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    Created: 27/08/11
    The all time fantasy classic...sorry Harry Potter.
    Should be required reading for all by the age 12, but this book is for everyone at any age. It is a mind expander and a soul saver that fills the imagination and presents the realm of Fantasy as unlimited, ever-expanding and life changing.
    All hail Tolkien!
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    A childhood favorite that still stirs my imagination.

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    Created: 16/07/11
    A great story! I read this book several times in my youth and am now enjoying seeing the excitement that it puts on my son's face. Truly a marvelous adventure story fill with magic.
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    Fantastic Fantasy that you can read over and over again. Great for all ages

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    Created: 08/02/13
    This book has always been one of my favorites. I have had to buy additional copies since friends and family love to borrow this book. It's wonderful to have a book that appeals to teenagers but is still an entertaining read for an adult. I look forward to reading it again in the future.
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