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The Hobbit; or There and Back Again (Lord of…

The Hobbit; or There and Back Again (Lord of the Rings #0) (original 1937; edition 2014)

by J.R.R. Tolkien (Author)

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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.
Title:The Hobbit; or There and Back Again (Lord of the Rings #0)
Authors:J.R.R. Tolkien (Author)
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2014), Edition: Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set, 300 pages
Collections:To read, Your library, Books, Books Owned, Books Physical

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (Author) (1937)

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    ErisofDiscord: Written by J.R.R. Tolkien's friend, C.S. Lewis. Although their styles of writing are very different, I have found both of them to be highly enjoyable and the quality of both of the authors books are unmatched.
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Jag älskar att försvinna in i denna värld. Det känns nästan verklig, som om allt hände för många år sedan men ändå i vår värld. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
Well, my last book of last year was The Hobbit and it's the first book of this year, too.

I read it this time, instead of listening to an audiobook. I actually enjoyed reading it a bit more since it helped me absorb places and names a bit better. Oddly, though, I still didn't enjoy the second half of the book as much. I'm not really sure why. I like it up to Mirkwood but after that, I get a little restless until we meet Smaug. Maybe it's the way the elves treat Bilbo. They're kinda mean.

I also think the whole Bilbo-knocked-unconcious-so-the-author-doesn't-have-to-describe-a-battle-in-depth thing is funny and a good work around. Gotta love limited 3rd person POV. ( )
1 vote Aug3Zimm | Nov 12, 2019 |
The Hobbit is a book about a young hobbit named Bilbo Baggins that goes on a journey to help the dwarves get their kingdom back from a dragon.
This story starts with Bilbo sitting happily in his front yard and Gandalf (the wizard) coming to him asking him if he wanted to go on a journey and of course Bilbo said no because he is a hobbit. Later right when Bilbo is about to eat dinner, he gets some unexpected guests. A ton of dwarves and Gandalf. He found out that he is supposed to be their "professional burglar." he says no and they all go to bed. The next morning he wakes up and their gone. He changed his mind and and found them. That is where the journey begins. one night as they were stopping to eat dinner,Bilbo noticed some horses were gone and he decided to go help two of his dwarf friends find them. It turns out that a few trolls were going to eat the horses. Bilbo and the dwarves made an attempt to save them but failed. Later after almost getting killed, they save the horses. The next day they stop for a bit Rivendell, the elf kingdom then continue through the mountains. then they get attacked by goblins and taken to the goblin kingdom under the mountain where they would later escape though caves and Bilbo finds the ring. Bilbo wanders off and finds a cave lake where he meets Gollum the previous owner of the ring that went crazy. Bilbo escapes Gollum and finds the clan again.
Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves survive an encounter with a huge wolf creature and meet a man that can shape shift into a bear. Gandalf leaves and the group gets lost in a haunted forest named Mirkwood and get attacked by giant spiders then eventually find their way by climbing the trees and looking around for lonely mountain. Elves find them and imprison them in their kingdom where one of the dwarves falls in love with an elf. Bilbo finds a way out and they float down a river in barrels.
Eventually they go to Lake Town on their way to lonely mountain. Once they arrive at the mountain, they couldn't find the door. Bilbo finds the door just in time to open it before it was too late and they explore the dwarf kingdom and find Smaug, the dragon. Smaug escapes the mountain and burns down Lake Town and is killed by a bowman. The citizens of Lake Town move into another town near the mountain right as a war between the elves, humans, dwarves, and the for the Arkenstone happened. They are also attacked by goblins and wargs (wolves.)
After the battle, Biblo goes back to the Shire and live happily unaware about the powerful ring he still has.

I thought this book was magical. The only thing I didn't care much for was how dense it was, though some might disagree. The book was amazing and I loved the vibe. It really made you feel like you were in this magical world with them and it was kind of depressing putting the book down and realizing that none of that was real. ( )
  SDeWitt.ELA2 | Oct 22, 2019 |
The Hobbit is a great book to have in nearly every classroom. The book itself does a great job of creating a fantasy world filled with interesting characters and fascinating subplots. Ideally this book would only be in a classroom with 4th or 5th graders since their are parts of the book that can be violent and also because some of the words in the book maybe new to some students. This book though can show students the worlds that you can create in novels. Personally this book inspired my future reading and it has the potential to do the same for other students. ( )
  jberen6 | Oct 19, 2019 |
Een van de leukste, zo niet leukste fantasy verhaal dat ik gelezen heb. Dit boek, ruim 80 jaar geleden geschreven, is nog steeds een bestseller, maar hoe ga je hier een review over schrijven?

De Hobbit Balings is op het eerste gezicht een soort anti-held, en dat blijft hij heel lang. In dit boek zien we hem groeien, figuurlijk dan, tot een echte held, die zijn vrienden - de dwergen - redt van de Elfenkoning.

Op een dag krijgt de Bilbo bezoek van de tovenaar Gandalf. Om nog steeds niet verklaarde redenen stuurt hij de arme Hobbit op een groots avontuur. Zo'n avontuur waar in helden net ontsnapt aan het ene gevaar gelijk weer in het andere terecht komen. Tussentijds raken zij vermoeid, koud, hongerig. Precies de reden om op avontuur te gaan

De Hobbit belooft meer, maar het is en blijft een boek voor Young Adults, en dus hoeven we er geen diepere betekenissen in te zoeken. ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
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A flawless masterpiece
added by GYKM | editThe Times
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
added by GYKM | editThe Observer
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

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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"
"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, frequently bound in three Volumes, as follow:
  • 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.
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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.

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

Wizard at the door?
Twelve dwarves too? You'll be telling
me a dragon's next!

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