The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

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Bilbo Baggins enjoys a contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive and enlist his services on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo's life is never to be the same again.
Publisher: London, Eng. : HarperCollins, 2001, c1995.
ISBN: 9780007115440
Characteristics: 400 p. :,ill., maps ;,21 cm.


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Nicky86 Sep 16, 2010

I really enjoyed this book! It was fun to see the pieces come together from The Lord of the Rings show up in this book (which is understanding considering that this book came first!)

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Nov 30, 2020

The Hobbit, as a prequel to the timeless Lord of the Rings series, sets up the deep and colorful world of Hobbiton and beyond. As the endearing hobbit Bilbo Baggins sets out with a troupe of dwarves to recover lost treasure from underneath a mountain, the unlikeliest of heroes emerges to change the storyline and future of this mythical and masterfully visualized cosmos.
The blend of old English and vivid imagery is really able to differentiate every individual character from each other and creates a tight-knit community where the reader feels as if they know, and are familiar with, everyone in the story, whether protagonist, minor character, or antagonist.
This story also does an excellent job of holding attention throughout the book. By alternating tense scenes with calmer moments in the plot, it keeps up just enough unpredictability to keep the pages turning.
I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in a medium-length fantasy read. This is one of the all-time classics and makes the list of some of my favorite books.

Oct 31, 2020

[Please don't beat me up about this Hobbit fans...]
The book was okay but I personally feel that it is a bit overrated. The large fan base and great reviews I had been given about this book really pumped me up and excited me about reading it and convinced me to check it out from the library. However, when I actually began to read it, I was a bit disappointed. I would agree that it is not a bad novel, but compared to the many other books (particularly of the fantasy genre) that I have read as a bibliophile, I found it a bit dull. I actually struggled to finish it (only really doing so out of sheer stubbornness) because I found so many other books that I had checked out a bit later than it more appealing (Howl's Moving Castle, for example). Perhaps the other books in its series are what cause people to fall in with the fandom, but I can't truly say because I have not read them yet and after this experience, I am a bit hesitant to do so. Either way, I would suggest this novel if you have truly run out of other things to read and suggest you not get your hopes up too much.

Oct 27, 2020

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit, lovers of food with furry toes, and half the size of humans, who lives at Bag End. One day, Bilbo’s peaceful life is interrupted by the old wizard Gandalf. Gandalf tells Bilbo that he must set out on an adventure with 13 dwarves to reclaim the dwarves’ treasure from a dragon Smaug. The dwarves are at first skeptical about Bilbo but Gandalf reassures them that he is more than meets the eye. Will Bilbo set out on a grand adventure or return to his cozy life at Bag End? I’ve always loved fantasy worlds so it isn’t much of a surprise that I enjoyed this book. The book is filled with action-packed scenes which are very fun to read.

Oct 08, 2020

The Hobbit is a perfect introduction to the vast and awe-inspiring world of Middle Earth. It carries a lot of the same ancient weight and history as his other books, but retains a story that is a little lighter and easier to manage. Tolkien sets the absolute standard for all fantasy, as far as I'm concerned. When someone mentions dragons, Smaug is who I think of. No elven city avoids comparison to Rivendell, no dwarven stronghold to Erebor. And of course, the Shire. The quiet, peaceful place I can only dream of visiting. The Hobbit gives new readers the first glimmerings of the magic of Middle Earth, and for that I cannot praise it enough.

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

A great classic perfect for any age. This is such a wonderfully imagined story that is full of adventure, humor, friendship, and a great cast of quirky characters. Highly recommend for anyone, but perfect for fans of epic fantasy, adventure, and magical creatures.

Aug 15, 2020

Having read The Hobbit and absolutely loved it, this review is just for this version of the audiobook-I enjoyed the audio of this. You have to remember that it was done for radio in 1968, so the audio quality isn't great, but it was fun to listen to. I wonder if the BBC version would be better, but it was nice hearing the characters talk to each other rather than just one narrator. It's only four hours, but you to keep in mind what this was recorded for.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien tells the fantasy of a small, stout man (a hobbit) in a world of Middle-Earth who goes on an unexpected journey when a wizard convinces him that it is for the good of the world. The brave hobbit soon learns that the party consisting of dwarves and the old wizard that he has just joined is on a quest to save a town by killing a dragon. Its large cast of unique characters and unexpected plot twists involving a magical gold ring make it an entertaining novel that stays interesting throughout its entirety. It also has a very satisfying build to up to an action-packed climax that shapes the fantasy genre as a whole. The author’s usage of tone to tell the story and create settings is remarkable, and my readers may also enjoy the book because of this. I would give The Hobbit 4 out of 5 stars for its entertaining content and interesting characters that set the stage for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It focuses more on action sequences rather than violent encounters, making the story well-suited for everyone 12 years and older. The novel may be too high of a reading level for some readers, but the actual content itself should be appropriate for young teens.

Aug 10, 2020

Necessary reading for every age, for all walks of life.

Aug 01, 2020

The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I still haven't made it through all the Lord of the Rings books because they’re quite dense, but I didn’t have that problem with The Hobbit. I was able to read it in less than a week, and I found that the writing isn’t nearly as dense as it is in the main books. It’s a book that is set in an entirely fantasy world, and is a classic fantasy novel, as it was written so long ago. Bilbo Baggins, a creature called a hobbit, travels with 12 dwarves to reclaim their homeland. They travel across the fictional Middle Earth and go through many adventures together. Even if you don’t think you would like something like The Lord of the Rings, I would recommend trying The Hobbit.

Jul 26, 2020

I liked Lord of the Rings even more than the Hobbit. But it's good to read the Hobbit first. The pictures were awesome, especially the one of Smaug with the treasure!

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LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

“This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

“Sorry! I don't want any adventures, thank you. Not Today. Good morning! But please come to tea -any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Good bye!”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

“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.”

Jun 19, 2020

In [THE HOBBIT], we're introduced to Middle Earth, the Shire and Hobbits - Munchkins with less technicolor and better architecture.

Nov 13, 2019

"Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"

May 08, 2019

If you sit on the doorstep long enough you will think of something.

Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.

Jul 17, 2017

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
One of the more famous literary openings - for good reason.

Jul 17, 2017

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world - Thorin Oakenshield

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Jul 31, 2020

A quiet and cozy hole. In it, a peaceful hobbit who follows routines. A grey haired wizard who’s up to mischief. Accompanying him, a band of dwarves set on an adventure. What happens when these two completely different worlds collide? The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein, a highly esteemed author, explores forbidden lands and caves as Bilbo Baggins embarks on a mission he never even dreamt of doing. A hobbit in his 50’s, Bilbo Baggins’ life is shaken up when an unexpected visit from Gandalf, a great wizard, leads him to invite twelve dwarves over for tea the next day. The leader of the dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield, slowly ropes Bilbo into their plan for revenge. This is a tale of loss, of bravery, of truth, of revenge against the great dragon Smaug. Twelve dwarves, one hobbit, and a wizard versus a great and powerful dragon. A great battle fought bravely. And along the way, Bilbo finds himself and defies society’s norms.
This novel is hands down my favorite of all time. J.R.R. Tolkien’s use of literary devices and descriptive phrases such as metaphors and similes create vivid images inside one’s mind. Perhaps you can imagine what Thorin looks like, with short stubby legs and a long white beard, wearing a sky blue hood with a long silver tassel, a coat of gold-plated rings, and belt crusted with scarlet stones. Or maybe you envision the great treasures in Smaug’s cave; silver, gold, weapons encrusted with jewels, priceless necklaces and bracelets. Another thing I absolutely loved in this masterpiece is the character development shown in the characters throughout the book. From Bilbo finding his true courageous self to Thorin letting go of his greed to see justice, J.R.R. Tolkien allows each person room to grow. I believe The Hobbit is a must read for anyone who loves adventure and fantasy novels. To conclude this review, I’ll leave you with a wise piece of advice from the late author. “A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.”

Age Rating: 9+
Star Rating: 5/5
- Anusha Upadhyayula

Jun 19, 2020

THE HOBBIT (Ballantine Books, $2.95) is the underpinning for THE LORD OF THE RINGS. In it, we're introduced to Middle Earth, the Shire and Hobbits - Munchkins with less technicolor and better architecture. The book, by J. R. R. Tolkien, chronicles Bilbo Baggins' quest to recover treasure from a fire-breathing dragon. Hobbits are not known for bravery or curiosity which makes Bilbo a fish out of water, and an unlikely messiah for Middle Earth. Tall people always got to be throwing shade. Though technically an introduction to LORD OF THE RINGS, THE HOBBIT stands on its own for Tolkien's creative genius and suspenseful prose. Coincidentally, as I sat down to post this summary, I learned actor Ian Holm whom portrayed Bilbo in several Hobbit films including Peter Jackson's masterful LORD OF THE RINGS epic, left our world this morning. He was 88. Godspeed.

Oct 12, 2015

Bilbo Baggins, a very unsuspecting Hobbit, suddenly finds himself going on an adventure to reclaim a dwarf's treasure! Along with thirteen other dwarves and a famous wizard, Bilbo crosses the land to the east, to the Desolation of Smaug, and robs from the great dragon Smaug, who is guarding the long lost treasure.

Aug 29, 2015


Jul 08, 2015

The Hobbit is about the progressive growth of a fearful little hobbit. In the adventure, the hobbit wondered in the forest of dark magic, sneaked out of the castle of the elves and stole the treasure of the dragon. Eventually, he helped the dwarves restore their rightful position to their kingdom.

Jun 25, 2015

Bilbo Baggins goes on an adventure with 12 dwarves, Gandalf the wizard, and the dwarf king, Thorin. They travel to the lonley mountains to claim the treasure that was once the dwarves. They must kill Smaug the Dragon.

Jun 20, 2015

Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit who finds himself in an adventure, and he is accompanied by dwarves, and a wizard. He is to go to a mountain, slay a dragon, and take it's stolen hoard

Dec 20, 2014

A hobbit takes a trip..with thirteen dwarves and a wizard to a mountain far away to restore the treasure to the dwarves. But what is the treasure? Gold or undying fellowship?

Aug 17, 2014

Bilbo is an interesting hobbit. He goes on an adventure to the lonely mountain. He goes with several dwarves and a wizard. Its a wonderful book to read.

Aug 17, 2014

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who, at the beginning, never went on an adventure but that all changes when a wizard carves a sign on his door. Bilbo and 13 dwarves go on an expedition to claim back what was theirs. In this book there will be many ups and downs, spiders and goblins. Will they reclaim what was theirs?

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Dec 06, 2012

Other: Don't listen to fearlessforever! This is not a time waster! It is one of the best books ever!

Mar 21, 2012

Other: The Hobbit is amazing!! It is definitely not a waste of time!

PrinceBishop Nov 26, 2011

Other: One of the best books ever. Waste lots of time on it!

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