In the land of Middle-earth lives Bilbo Baggins, a respectable member of a race of little people called hobbits. Now, like many of his kind, Bilbo cherishes comfort and spurns adventure of any sort. But that will all change when Gandalf the wizard scratches a sign in his door, and the hobbit is besieged by thirteen ravenous dwarves. The next thing he knows, Bilbo is off on a perilous quest to reclaim a stolen treasure from the dragon Smaug, a quest that will lead him to trolls, elves, goblins, shapeshifters, spiders, a creature named Gollum and a very magical ring....
Seventy-five years after its original publication, The Hobbit remains as fresh and evocative as the day it was published. Originally intended to entertain Tolkien’s own children, it has been beloved through the decades by young and old alike, and is today considered one of the most important books in the fantasy genre.
Why? Perhaps because the world of The Hobbit was built on a plausible foundation and operated by rules readers could believe in. Tolkien drew on his knowledge of early English languages, mythology and runic magic to give his land of Middle-earth a history and logic that not only sustains readers’ beliefs, but which has influenced countless imitators. And he did it all with peerless wit and style.
The prelude to The Lord of the Rings and a classic fantasy in its own right, The Hobbit is J.R.R. Tolkien’s first masterpiece. Join Bilbo on his enchanting adventure!
This edition contains all revisions and corrections that have been made since the original publication and includes endpaper maps and b&w illustrations by Tolkien himself. Jacket art by Donato.
Hardcover Book : 256 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co. ( January 01, 1956 )
Item #: 11-169275
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.576inches
Product Weight: 11.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I read this book for the first time in middle school. Than as an adult I picked up a paperback copy and still loved the story. I have read this book bout once every other year and needed a new copy. This copy is well made and will last so my kids can enjoy this book in the future.
Reviewer: Matthew E
I first read The Hobbit as a teenager and have reread it every few years since. This is one of the books that started the fantasy fiction craze we know know and love and virtually invented high fantasy. No one builds worlds and characters better than Tolkien. With a wide variety of creatures and humans, the book is an adventure quest about much more than just a stolen treasure, it is about Bilbo Baggin's quest to be special and escape from his ordinary life. Tolkien takes us so deep inside his characters' heads that we relate to them as if they were ourselves. We share their passions, their pains, their struggles and their longings, and, as a result, the book resonates long after we turn the last page and close the cover. The characters remain with us for a lifetime, and we are never the same. This is one of the greats, and highly recommend. Most readers will be truly delighted!
Reviewer: Bryan S
I read this book out of the curiosity because it had such good reviews and was somewhat disappointed. The story of Bilbo Baggins is a mere story of how lucky he was to become the hero of elves, dwarves and so on. The first half of the book went on so boring as Gandalf was always beside Bilbo and the dwarves to solve any trouble they got in. The second half was even worse. The dragon was killed by someone else when the main characters were still figuring out how to kill it. The story ended with Bilbo became a sort of hero, for being lucky and being a non-conformist hobbit, I guess. Very dissatisfying book, in my opinion.
Reviewer: Vi B
A story of a hobbit, who loses so very much along the way and finds far greater treasures during his adventures. There isn't any other work to compare it to; this work is in a class all of it's own. Written by one of the finest story tellers who ever picked up a pen. A fine read, and a story that will stay with you long after the last page is read!
I enjoy all of Tolkien's works, and collect the many different versions of his books that get published. This book introduced me to fantasy as well as The lord of the Rings volumes. Truly inspirational. A masterpiece created by the master of fantasy.
Reviewer: Shawn W