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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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The Sometimes Forgotten Masterpiece!
The Hobbit is the magnificent beginning to the now popular Lord of the Rings, Trilogy. This book should be read by anyone who loves the fantasy genre, but especially for thos...Read more
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What a great story!
I'm not a big reader but recently I went to Maui with my wife and wanted something good to read. I was a little intimidated by the size of the Lord of the Rings books and wan...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 Sometimes Forgotten Masterpiece!

Created: 10/09/07
The Hobbit is the magnificent beginning to the now popular Lord of the Rings, Trilogy. This book should be read by anyone who loves the fantasy genre, but especially for those that have enjoyed the Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit provides, (with amazingly vivid detail) a stunning desription of Middle-Earth and some of it's history. It also introduces you to Gandolf and Bilbo and how they became friends; as well as the trecherous Golem and the story of how Bilbo came to posess "The Ring". All of this is wrapped into a fantastic adventure that really stands alone from the Lord of the Rings and yet is in my opinion crucial to set up and create the background for the Lord of the Rings.

In summary; you will love this book all by itself with all it's orcs, dwarves, elves, dragon, wizard, hobbits and more. But perhaps you will take even more from it if you already have an appreciation for the Lord of the Rings. You will not be disapointed with this book wheather in hardback or in softcover.
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What a great story!

Created: 19/06/06
I'm not a big reader but recently I went to Maui with my wife and wanted something good to read. I was a little intimidated by the size of the Lord of the Rings books and wanted something I could finish on my vacation, so I chose "The Hobbit".

What a great read!! I found myself wanting to keep reading and reading and never wanted to put it down. The detail and imagery is great. Having seen the three Lord of The Rings movies made it even more fascinating as I knew who was who in the book as this happens several decades (most likely) before the first Lord of the Rings.

I don't want to spoil it for you but there are several new creatures that come out in this book, which made it all the more exciting and interesting. Those creatues took some imagination on my end, which was a nice change of place in that I already had images in my head for Orcs, Dwarfs, Elfs, Hobbits and Wizards.

Anyways, I can't recommend this book enough for a fairly easy read that you'll have a tough time putting down and can probably finish in a few days.
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The Hobbit

Created: 23/10/10
If you have never read Tolkien's "The Hobbit", now is the time. It is the wonderful start to the "Lord Of The Rings" and is a must to get you going with this magical trip through Middle Earth.
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A Must Read Book

Created: 14/12/10
The Hobbit is a great book. If you liked Lord of the Rings,you should definitely read this book.This is a story that is full of non-stop actions.You can also discover things that are connected to The Lord of the Rings. Now i know why this a best selling book. I recommend this to anybody.
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Great book.

Created: 04/10/08
A great opening to a great trilogy. It really helps explain what is going on in the LoTR series if you read them before this book. And introduction to one of the most famous fantasy series of all time.
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