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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Tolkein is an incredibly talented writer. - Goodreads
The ending is so beautiful and sad at the same time. - Goodreads
An accessible intro to the Lord of the Rings. - Goodreads
It was an introduction to fantasy. - Goodreads

Review: The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again (Middle-Earth Universe)

User Review  - Chad Warner - Goodreads

The Hobbit has been one of my favorite books since I read it as a high-school freshman. It works as a standalone fantasy story, but it's even better as an introduction to Tolkien's Middle-Earth: The ... Read full review

Review: The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)

User Review  - Taylor Madden - Goodreads

This book easily has a place on my favorites of 2015 list and the year has barely even started; the Hobbit is an enchanting tale that easily sucked me into its world of classic creatures, such as ... 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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