The classic bestseller behind this year's biggest movie, this definitive paperback edition features nine illustrations and two maps drawn by J.R.R.
Tolkien, and a preface by Christopher Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End.
But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey `there and back again'.
They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon... The prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth century.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages, 9 b/w illus, (2 x b/w maps)
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 23/02/1996
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780261103344
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Review by LibraryLou
I much preferred this to Lord of the Rings, it was more approachable, and likeable as a story. One you could read aloud in front of the fire on a winter's night.
Review by villytrebuchet
Although I may be biased, this being the book that, as a child, first initiated my love of reading, I have to say that this is the best book I have ever read. It reads so light-heartedly, that it is ageless. It's inspired - a brightly imaginative piece of work, with a quick pace and magical settings. Yet, it still has underlying complexity, with careful attention to detail, such as the rune alphabet and maps. Truly an excellent work.
Review by TadAD
Not as grand in scope as <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, but a bit more comfortable and charming.
Review by Bel1
One of my all time favourite books and a great book to read aloud to children at bed-time. Escape to the world of hobbits, elves, dwarves and wicked goblins and be entertained by riddles in the dark with nasty Gollum.
Review by oleiah
It was hard to get into this book after reading Twilight. But the story was pretty good, and more exciting than I thought. I wish Gandalf would have been in it more. Not a fan of the songs/poems within the story...
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