The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 271 pages
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A great modern classic and the prelude to THE LORD OF THE RINGS Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts. New York Times Book Review

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It was an introduction to fantasy. - Goodreads

Review: The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)

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When I first started reading The Hobbit, it was right after the first Lord of the Rings movie was released. I had already heard of the the series because of the old The Hobbit animated movie, (I used ... Read full review

Review: The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)

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The first time I heard about Hobbits, Elves, and Dwarves was after watching The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001. I loved this kind of story and watched the entire trilogy however ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

J.R.R. Tolkien (18921973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

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