The Hobbit 70th Anniversary Edition or There and Back Again J. R. R. Tolkien HPoor Bilbo Baggins! An unassuming and rather plump hobbit (as most of these small, furry- footed people tend to be ), Baggins finds himself unwittingly drawn into adventure by a wizard named Gandalf and 13 dwarves bound for the Lonely Mountain, where a dragon named Smaug hordes a stolen treasure. Before he knows what is happening, Baggins finds himself on the road to danger. Wizards, dwarves and dragons may seem the stuff of children's fairy tales, but The Hobbit is in a class of its own--light-hearted enough for younger readers, yet with a dark edge guaranteed to intrigue an older audience. In the best tradition of the archetypal hero's quest, Bilbo Baggins sets out on his fateful journey a callow, untested soul and returns--tempered by hardship, danger and loss--a better man--er, hobbit. This book is the predecessor to Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, and though that trilogy can be thoroughly enjoyed without first reading The Hobbit, much that happens in the later novels is foreshadowed here. A word of caution, however as Bilbo discovers early on, travel and adventure are addictive things; embark on this journey to the Lonely Mountain with Tolkien's reluctant hero, and you might not be able to stop there. And the road taken to the distant mountains of Mordor in the ensuing trilogy is an even more perilous one. "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." 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
Bilbo Baggins Pauvre ! Un hobbit modeste et plutot dodu (en tant que majeure partie de ces petites, velues personnes aux pieds tendez a etre), Baggins se trouve inconsciemment dessine dans l'aventure par un magicien appele Gandalf et 13 nains lies pour la Montagne Isolee, ou un dragon a appele des hordes de Smaug un tresor vole. Avant Qu'il sache ce qui se produit, Baggins se trouve sur la route au danger. Les Magiciens, les nains et les dragons peuvent sembler la substance des contes de fees des enfants, mais Le Hobbit est dans une classe unique--assez allegre pour de plus jeunes lecteurs, pourtant avec un bord fonce garanti pour intriguer une assistance plus agee. Dans la meilleure tradition de la recherche du heros archetypal, Bilbo Baggins a vise sur son voyage fatidique une ame et des retours inexperimentes et non essayes--gache par des difficultes, le danger et la perte--un meilleur homme--heu, hobbit. Ce livre est le predecesseur au chef d'oeuvre de Tolkien, Seigneur des Anneaux, et cependant cette trilogie peut etre completement appreciee sans la premiere lecture Le Hobbit, beaucoup qui se produit dans les romans posterieurs est annonce ici. Un mot de precaution, neanmoins comme Bilbo decouvre des l'abord, le voyage et l'aventure sont des choses provoquant une dependance ; embarquez sur ce voyage a la Montagne Isolee avec le heros reticent de Tolkien, et vous ne pourriez pas pouvoir s'arreter la. Et la route prise aux montagnes eloignees de Mordor dans la trilogie suivante est bien plus perilleuse. « Dans un trou dans la terre la a vecu un hobbit. Un trou Pas mechant, sale, humide, rempli d'extremites des vers et d'une odeur oozy, ni pourtant d'un trou sec, nu, arenace avec rien a dans lui s'asseoir sur ou manger c'etait un hobbit-trou, et ce signifie le confort. » Le hobbit-trou en question appartient a un Bilbo Baggins, un membre droit « des lutins, environ la moitie de notre taille, et plus petits que les nains barbus. » Il, comme les la plupart de son aimable, bon, bien est alimente, et mieux heureux en se reposant par son propre feu avec un tuyau, un verre de bonne biere, et un repas pour attendre avec interet. Certainement ce hobbit particulier est la derniere personne une compterait voir l'ensemble sur un voyage dangereux ; en effet, quand Gandalf que le Gris s'arrete par un matin, « recherchant quelqu'un pour partager dans une aventure, » Baggins souhaite ardamment le magicien ailleurs. Aucune une telle chance, cependant ; bientot 13 nains qui recherche la fortune sont arrives sur le seuil des hobbit a la recherche d'un cambrioleur, et avant qu'il puisse meme saisir son chapeau ou un parapluie, Bilbo Baggins est balaye sa porte et dans une aventure dangereuse. Le but des nains est de retourner a leur demeure ancestrale dans les Montagnes Isolees et de reprendre une fortune volee du dragon Smaug. Le long de la route, elles et leurs araignees geantes de rassemblement reticent de compagnon, elfes hostiles, loups voraces--et, le plus perilleux de tous, une creature souterraine a appele Gollum dont Bilbo gagne un anneau magique dans un concours resolvant. Il est de ce jeu de la vie-ou-mort dans l'obscurite qui J.R.R. Le chef d'oeuvre de Tolkien, Seigneur des Anneaux, jaillirait par la suite. Bien Que Le Hobbit soit plus leger dans le ton que la trilogie qui suit, elle a, comme Bilbo Baggins lui-meme, fer inattendu a son noyau. Ne soyez pas dupe par son comportement de conte de fees ; c'est vraiment beaucoup une histoire pour des adultes, bien que des enfants plus ages l'apprecient, aussi. Avant que Bilbo revienne a son hobbit-trou confortable, il est une personne differente totalement, bien amorce pour que les aventures plus grandes viennent--et est ainsi le lecteur. --Alix Wilber
Le must de Tolkien Tout simplement un chef d'oeuvre de Tolkien, a lire absolument en parallele au seigneur des anneaux pour en connaitre tous les tenants et les aboutissants. Le lire en Anglais permet de saisir toute la puissance de Tolkien perdue a la traduction. Superbe Je l'avais lu en francais, mais aucun editeur de ce cote de la Manche n'a eu la decence de le publier dans une edition luxueuse. Celle-ci est superbe sous tous les sens, puisqu'elle inclut un papier a fort grain, une reliure en cuir et les dessins de J.R.R. Tolkien lui-meme. Malgre tout, une grande sobriete s'en degage. Un beau livre pour un conte inoubliable. Un must... Que dire sur cette merveille, si ce n'est que les connaisseurs sauront apprecier les gravures de Tolkien lui-meme, l'inscription du titre en elfique sur la tranche, etc.
First published in the United States more than sixty years ago, J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit has become one of the best-loved books of all time. Tolkien's fantasy was then adapted into a fully painted graphic novel, which became a classic in its own right... The enchanted prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a quiet and contented hobbit whose life is turned upside down when he joins the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim stolen treasure. It is a journey fraught with dangerÂ—and in the end it is bilbo Baggins alone who must face the guardian of this treasure, the most dreaded dragon in all Middle-earth.
Extrait AN UNEXPECTED PARTY In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort. It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with panelled walls, and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coatsÂ—the hobbit was fond of visitors. The tunnel wound on and on, going fairly but not quite straight into the side of the hillÂ—The Hill, as all the people for many miles round called itÂ—and many little round doors opened out of it, first on one side and then on another. No going upstairs for the hobbit bedrooms, bathrooms, cellars, pantries (lots of these), wardrobes (he had whole rooms devoted to clothes), kitchens, dining-rooms, all were on the same floor, and indeed on the same passage. The best rooms were all on the left-hand side (going in), for these were the only ones to have windows, deep-set round windows looking over his garden, and meadows beyond, sloping down to the river. This hobbit was a very well-to-do hobbit, and his name was Baggins. The Bagginses had lived in the neighbourhood of The Hill for time out of mind, and people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected you could tell what a Baggins would say on any question without the bother of asking him. This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. He may have lost the neighboursÂ’ respect, but he gainedÂ—well, you will see whether he gained anything in the end. The mother of our particular hobbitÂ—what is a hobbit? I suppose hobbits need some description nowadays, since they have become rare and shy of the Big People, as they call us. They are (or were) a little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves. Hobbits have no beards. There is little or no magic about them, except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along, making a noise like elephants which they can hear a mile off. They are inclined to be fat in the stomach; they dress in bright colours (chiefly green and yellow); wear no shoes, because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads (which is curly); have long clever brown fingers, good-natured faces, and laugh deep fruity laughs (especially after dinner, which they have twice a day when they can get it). Now you know enough to go on with. As I was saying, the mother of this hobbitÂ—of Bilbo Baggins, that isÂ—was the famous Belladonna Took, one of the three remarkable daughters of the Old Took, head of the hobbits who lived across The Water, the small river that ran at the foot of The Hill. It was often said (in other families) that long ago one of the Took ancestors must have taken a fairy wife. That was, of course, absurd, but certainly there was still something not entirely hobbitlike about them, and once in a while members of the Took-clan would go and have adventures. They discreetly disappeared, and the family hushed it up; but the fact remained that the Tooks were not as respectable as the Bagginses, though they were undoubtedly richer. Not that Belladonna Took ever had any adventures after she became Mrs Bungo Baggins. Bungo, that was BilboÂ’s father, built the most luxurious hobbit-hole for her (and partly with her money) that was to be found either under The Hill or over The Hill or across The Water, and there they remained to the end of their days. Still it is