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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit (original 1937; edition 2012)

by J. R. R. Tolkien (Author)

Series: The Lord of the Rings (Prelude), Middle-earth (2)

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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
Authors:J. R. R. Tolkien (Author)
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012), 300 pages
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien (1937)

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A fun, amazingly entertaining read that, despite it's "over the shoulder of every character" point of view, drew me in without reservation and made me a gleeful participant in young Bilbo Baggins's quite reluctant adventure with the 13 dwarves.
The use of magical items, the "just in time-ness" of the Great Gandalf the Grey, and the constant danger that was faced made it a very compelling story, though I felt, with my version at least, that some things were omitted for sake of keeping the story short for those who would see the movie. I remember seeing The Hobbit on a shelf at a book store, it's volume daunting me from starting it.
A compact 200 something pages, this version of The Hobbit was quick to digest, and flowed quite easily into The Fellowship of the Ring which I plan to devour as soon as free time becomes available. ( )
  writingvampires | Jan 30, 2023 |
The Hobbit was the first fantasy book I had ever read, I was 31 years old. From this point on I read fantasies whenever I could find them...they weren't as easy to find back then. The Hobbit was aimed for children, but it was one of those books I couldn't put down...even read it a second time to see if I really liked as much as I thought. It was. A simple story, with unusual, complicated characters, put into dangerous situations...and no sex. When I put the book down, a few days later my 9-year-old son picked it up and read it in a few days. He has never stopped liking the fantasy genre, and he's now 50.

If you want to read The Lord of the Rings (LOR), I do suggest you read this book first. It will really help to set up the relationship between Gollum and Bilbo Baggins, the Hero of The Hobbit. As others said, this book is not as intense as LOR. ( )
  GGmaSheila | Jan 25, 2023 |
I read far and wide across all genres but my first and truest love has always been fantasy. A good fantasy story takes you on an adventure. There's often a quest, magic, undiscovered abilities, friends, enemies and action - all of this makes a great fantasy story.

The Hobbit has all that and more. It is the epitome of the perfect fantasy tale. The kind you want to sit around a campfire and hear told with dramatic exaggeration. It has a dragon and dwarves, a wizard and one lone hobbit who turns out to be the bravest of them all.

Fantasy is not for everyone, but most importantly there's levels to it. This is a classic fantasy with elements of high fantasy. High fantasy has excessive world building - maps, extra tales, extensive histories of people and places - not all of it may be included but a lot of it is. The most obvious example is of course, The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit is a classic fantasy with elements of high fantasy - Tolkien has created the world building but much of it doesn't come into play in this book. The Hobbit is just a taste of the world retold as one would a folk or fairy tale.

That said, if you don't like The Hobbit, don't even bother with Lord of the Rings. Lord of the Rings is just a long drawn out, denser version. If you don't like the base elements of The Hobbit, you're going to hate Lord of the Rings. My mum definitely did.

I love Bilbo. His zest for life and adventure is hilarious - mainly because he has it but it's tinged with a lot of reluctance. To be fair, he also gets thrown into a deep end - he has no idea how or when or why this adventure came to be until he's being kicked out of his house without his pocket-handkerchief. He really comes into his own though throughout, finding his bravery and nerve and that he is capable of a lot more than he gives himself credit for. Although I do feel sorry for him, he takes a hell of a lot of hits to the head.

And of course we get the first look at Gollum and find how Bilbo comes to possess the ring. I like the dwarves but it would be nicer if they were truer friends - they have a bad tendency to hesitate or leave Bilbo to his own devices much too often. I loved Bard and I loved how Bilbo resolves the tensions at the end. The dragon seeks revenge on the Lake-Men for helping the dwarves and the hobbit with their supplies. Bard manages to kill the dragon with an arrow but many are dead and they want justice for the deaths they have suffered. Thorin (the King of the Mountains) refuses to share the treasure but he does prize the Arkenstone of Thrain above all. Bilbo finds it and hands it off to the Elves and the Lake-Men to bargain with when.

5 stars. It's a classic. ( )
  funstm | Jan 24, 2023 |
I tried. In fact, I found it very entertaining at first. But then I got bored. I decided I just didn't want to force myself to keep reading. ( )
  AuntieG0412 | Jan 23, 2023 |
It only took me thirty years to read this. LOL.

Now I can fully understand why this book is so beloved by all ages. This book was written by a master storyteller and has something for just about everyone.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and just sad it took me so long to do so. Highly looking forward to reading more of Tolkien’s work. ( )
  TiffanyCutshall | Jan 22, 2023 |
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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.
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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:
  • Volume 1: The Fellowship of the Ring, consisting of Book I, "The Ring Sets Out" and Book II, "The Ring Goes South";
  • Volume 2: The Two Towers, consisting of Book III, "The Treason of Isengard," and Book IV, "The Ring Goes East"; and
  • Volume 3: The Return of the King, consisting of Book V, "The War of the Ring," and Book VI, "The End of the Third Age," with Appendices.
This LT Work consists solely of The Hobbit, a prelude 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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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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[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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