The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

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Ballantine Books, 1982 - FICTION - 306 pages
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THE GREATEST FANTASY EPIC OF OUR TIME

Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo–alone and unaided–who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside . . .

This stirring adventure fantasy begins the tale of the hobbits that was continued by J.R.R. Tolkien in his bestselling epic The Lord of the Rings.
 

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This edition of The Hobbit reproduces the J.R.R. Tolkien’s original 1937 text, when the book was a master-crafted fairy tale and not part of a greater legendarium. In 1947, as Tolkien began working on ... Read full review

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I'm a little ashamed that it took me this long to read The Hobbit. I actually read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy in a week during one summer in high school. Admittedly, after being obsessed ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER PAGE I An Unexpected Party
1
Roast Mutton
28
A Short Rest
45
Over Hill and Under Hill
55
Riddles in the Dark
68
Out of the FryingPan into the Fire
91
Queer Lodgings
112
Flies and Spiders
140
On the Doorstep
202
Inside Information
212
Not at Home
234
Fire and Water
247
The Gathering of the Clouds
257
AThiefintheNight
268
The Clouds Burst
275
The Return Journey
288

Barrels Out of Bond
171
A Warm Welcome
189
The Last Stage
297
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About the author (1982)

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of 81.

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