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Hobbit, The (original 1937; edition 1979)

by J R R Tolkien

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Title:Hobbit, The
Authors:J R R Tolkien
Info:Unwin Pbs. (1979), Paperback, 288 pages
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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (1937)

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It's been a long time since I've read the Hobbit, but with the movie coming out soon, I felt now would be a good time to reread and see how the LOTR thing first got started.

Well, I was suprised as this book is significantly different in style and reading level than the LOTR books. It works, but at a different more innocent level. You can sense the seeds of the works to come, but it truly was a book that Tolkien wrote as a story to his children and as such the violence is minimized and/or ignored and the whimsy elements are ramped up.

Still, it's way cool to read and remember the beginnings of the things to come, and in some way to see the innocence that later gets shattered. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
The original edition of this book was my absolute favorite as a child. My father (who was one of the first people in America to red LOTR --he read the first volume and was so eager for the rest that my mother had copies of the later volumes set over from England) gave e a copy for Christmas when i was one, and read it to me before I could read myself --I cans till see him and hear him doing it in my memory. This specific copy came out much later when LOTR had become an industry It is very pretty, with a leather binding, nice clear print and a slipcase, but of course it is the second edition, and when I read the opening (which I had practically memorized) I can still catch changes --where the original said hobbits were "smaller than dwarves but very much larger than Lilliputians" this says simply they were smaller than dwarves. Where the original said that it was said one of the Tooks had married into a fairy family "the less friendly said a goblin family" the second edition simply says a fairy family and adds "that was, of course absurd" though I think myself the idea of elvish blood in the Tooks was nice. The major change, of course, is the revision of the story of how Bilbo got the ring;I really preferred the first version and still do, and I do not like to think of Bilbo lying to the dwarves about it. I think Tolkien may have changed it to make the point that Bilbo got the ring while showing mercy, and that was why it did not ruin him as it ruined others Those changes are why I rate this version 4.5 stars; I would rate the first edition at 5. ( )
1 vote antiquary | Mar 10, 2017 |
A tiny hobbit named Bilbo lives alone in a hole at Bag End. Bilbo is content being alone and keeps to himself. One day a wizard comes to Bilbo asking him to come on an adventure with him. The wizard explains they need Bilbo to be the groups burglar as they embark on a journey to reclaim their treasure from a dragon. Although he is terrified to leave his comforting home, Bilbo agrees to go. Despite the gangs negative opinion on Bilbo's strength to help them on the journey, Bilbo proves them wrong. Time and time again Bilbo ends up saving the people and eventually contributes to winning the final battle. Bilbo's character is an example that it does not matter what size you are or what others may think of you; Sometimes we must come out of our comfort zones to achieve happiness, success, and acceptance. ( )
  KatieSauter | Feb 28, 2017 |
Die-hard LOTR fans may not like me for saying this, but I actually enjoyed The Hobbit more than the LOTR series. ( )
  yrthegood1staken | Feb 28, 2017 |
I don't know why I waited so long to read this. It was a very fun adventure and I ♥ Bilbo's character. Looking forward to reading the sequel series, the more well known Lord Of The Rings, very soon. ( )
  SarahHayes | Feb 20, 2017 |
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The original edition of this book was my absolute favorite as a child. My father (who was one of the first people in America to red LOTR --he read the first volume and was so eager for the rest that my mother had copies of the later volumes set over from England) gave e a copy for Christmas when i was one, and read it to me before I could read myself --I cans till see him and hear him doing it in my memory. This specific copy came out much later when LOTR had become an industry It is very pretty, with a leather binding, nice clear print and a slipcase, but of course it is the second edition, and when I read the opening (which I had practically memorized) I can still catch changes --where the original said hobbits were "smaller than dwarves but very much larger than Lilliputians" this says simply they were smaller than dwarves. Where the original said that it was said one of the Tooks had married into a fairy family "the less friendly said a goblin family" the second edition simply says a fairy family and adds "that was, of course absurd" though I think myself the idea of elvish blood in the Tooks was nice. The major change, of course, is the revision of the story of how Bilbo got the ring;I really preferred the first version and still do, and I do not like to think of Bilbo lying to the dwarves about it. I think Tolkien may have changed it to make the point that Bilbo got the ring while showing mercy, and that was why it did not ruin him as it ruined others Those changes are why I rate this version 4.5 stars; I would rate the first edition at 5.
 
A flawless masterpiece
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A finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls ... an exciting epic of travel and magical adventure, all working up to a devastating climax
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Mucho menos pesado que el resto de libros del Señor de los Anillos, más facil de leer.
Culmina las tres grandes obras del Señor de los anillos de Tolkien.
added by martinmuniz | editEl hobbit
 
This is one of the most freshly original and delightfully imaginative books for children that have appeared in many a long day. . . . a glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible.
 

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Tolkien, J. R. R.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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.
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit"
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"Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!"
Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.
This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. Dragons may not have much real use for all their wealth, but they know it to an ounce as a rule, especially after long possession; and Smaug was no exception.
There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell!
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J.R.R. Tolkien's complete work The Lord of the Rings consists of six Books, normally bound in three Volumes, as follows:

Volume I: The Fellowship of the Ring, consisting of Book 1, "The Ring Sets Out" and Book 2, "The Ring Goes South";
Volume II: The Two Towers, consisting of Book 3, "The Treason of Isengard," and Book 4, "The Ring Goes East"; and
Volume III: The Return of the King, consisting of Book 5, "The War of the Ring," and Book 6, "The End of the Third Age," with Appendices.

This LT Work consists solely of The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again, a precursor to The Lord of the Rings; please do not combine it with that complete work, or with any part(s) thereof, each of which have LT Works pages of their own. Thank you.

This is an edition of the full text of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, illustrated by Alan Lee: ISBN 10 0007611625; ISBN13: 9780007611621. It can and should be combined with the original work.
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[R.L. 6.6] The story of hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he travels across middle earth with a group of dwarfs and a wizard. He faces trolls and dragons. Meets elves and shape shifters. And hopes to acquire great treasure as his adventure continues.
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So I'm a thief now.
What I really should have took?
Comfortable shoes.
The dwarves had a plan.
They didn't say anything
about hungry trolls.

(Carnophile)
Nasty Bagginses
stole the Precious, yess, and we
hates them forever!
(ed.pendragon)
A ring in a cave?
I’ll take it. I doubt that the
owner will miss it.

(Carnophile)
Wizard at the door?
Twelve dwarves too? You'll be telling
me a dragon's next!
(ed.pendragon)

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"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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:16 -0400)

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Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

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