The Hobbit, Or, There and Back AgainBook - 2007
J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition: "If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) -- if you do not already know all about these things -- much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period. For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise."
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LPL_KaitlinS Apr 22, 2020
Paired with activities such as write an elf song or make a map of your bedroom. Part of The Finer Things Club.
The Nerd Knight
Oh, the Shire! No fictional place captured my childhood imagination quite like this one. (Besides Green Gables. And Hogsmeade. And Redwall. Okay, I guess there were a lot.) Although the Shire itself has an area of 18,000 square miles, it is the home of Hobbiton, which is the home of Bag End, whic... Read More »
The Hobbit has all the building blocks of an epic fantasy, but with a lot less pages. There are dwarves, elves, dragons, men and most importantly hobbits. Bilbo Baggins has never been on an adventure, thank you very much, but Gandalf the Wizard and his band of dwarves just might take the homebody... Read More »
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black_wolf_3524 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 99
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“This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.”
“Sorry! I don't want any adventures, thank you. Not Today. Good morning! But please come to tea -any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Good bye!”
“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
“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 [THE HOBBIT], we're introduced to Middle Earth, the Shire and Hobbits - Munchkins with less technicolor and better architecture.
"Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"
So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
One of the more famous literary openings - for good reason.
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world - Thorin Oakenshield
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A quiet and cozy hole. In it, a peaceful hobbit who follows routines. A grey haired wizard who’s up to mischief. Accompanying him, a band of dwarves set on an adventure. What happens when these two completely different worlds collide? The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein, a highly esteemed author, explores forbidden lands and caves as Bilbo Baggins embarks on a mission he never even dreamt of doing. A hobbit in his 50’s, Bilbo Baggins’ life is shaken up when an unexpected visit from Gandalf, a great wizard, leads him to invite twelve dwarves over for tea the next day. The leader of the dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield, slowly ropes Bilbo into their plan for revenge. This is a tale of loss, of bravery, of truth, of revenge against the great dragon Smaug. Twelve dwarves, one hobbit, and a wizard versus a great and powerful dragon. A great battle fought bravely. And along the way, Bilbo finds himself and defies society’s norms.
This novel is hands down my favorite of all time. J.R.R. Tolkien’s use of literary devices and descriptive phrases such as metaphors and similes create vivid images inside one’s mind. Perhaps you can imagine what Thorin looks like, with short stubby legs and a long white beard, wearing a sky blue hood with a long silver tassel, a coat of gold-plated rings, and belt crusted with scarlet stones. Or maybe you envision the great treasures in Smaug’s cave; silver, gold, weapons encrusted with jewels, priceless necklaces and bracelets. Another thing I absolutely loved in this masterpiece is the character development shown in the characters throughout the book. From Bilbo finding his true courageous self to Thorin letting go of his greed to see justice, J.R.R. Tolkien allows each person room to grow. I believe The Hobbit is a must read for anyone who loves adventure and fantasy novels. To conclude this review, I’ll leave you with a wise piece of advice from the late author. “A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.”
Age Rating: 9+
Star Rating: 5/5
- Anusha Upadhyayula
THE HOBBIT (Ballantine Books, $2.95) is the underpinning for THE LORD OF THE RINGS. In it, we're introduced to Middle Earth, the Shire and Hobbits - Munchkins with less technicolor and better architecture. The book, by J. R. R. Tolkien, chronicles Bilbo Baggins' quest to recover treasure from a fire-breathing dragon. Hobbits are not known for bravery or curiosity which makes Bilbo a fish out of water, and an unlikely messiah for Middle Earth. Tall people always got to be throwing shade. Though technically an introduction to LORD OF THE RINGS, THE HOBBIT stands on its own for Tolkien's creative genius and suspenseful prose. Coincidentally, as I sat down to post this summary, I learned actor Ian Holm whom portrayed Bilbo in several Hobbit films including Peter Jackson's masterful LORD OF THE RINGS epic, left our world this morning. He was 88. Godspeed.
Bilbo Baggins, a very unsuspecting Hobbit, suddenly finds himself going on an adventure to reclaim a dwarf's treasure! Along with thirteen other dwarves and a famous wizard, Bilbo crosses the land to the east, to the Desolation of Smaug, and robs from the great dragon Smaug, who is guarding the long lost treasure.
The Hobbit is about the progressive growth of a fearful little hobbit. In the adventure, the hobbit wondered in the forest of dark magic, sneaked out of the castle of the elves and stole the treasure of the dragon. Eventually, he helped the dwarves restore their rightful position to their kingdom.
Bilbo Baggins goes on an adventure with 12 dwarves, Gandalf the wizard, and the dwarf king, Thorin. They travel to the lonley mountains to claim the treasure that was once the dwarves. They must kill Smaug the Dragon.
Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit who finds himself in an adventure, and he is accompanied by dwarves, and a wizard. He is to go to a mountain, slay a dragon, and take it's stolen hoard
A hobbit takes a trip..with thirteen dwarves and a wizard to a mountain far away to restore the treasure to the dwarves. But what is the treasure? Gold or undying fellowship?
Bilbo is an interesting hobbit. He goes on an adventure to the lonely mountain. He goes with several dwarves and a wizard. Its a wonderful book to read.
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who, at the beginning, never went on an adventure but that all changes when a wizard carves a sign on his door. Bilbo and 13 dwarves go on an expedition to claim back what was theirs. In this book there will be many ups and downs, spiders and goblins. Will they reclaim what was theirs?
Other: Don't listen to fearlessforever! This is not a time waster! It is one of the best books ever!