The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

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HarperCollins, Dec 12, 1991 - Graphic - 304 pages
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Great writing, great story. - LibraryThing
A plot synopsis seems unnecessary. - LibraryThing
Straightforward character development - LibraryThing
The book is fast-paced and very easy to read. - LibraryThing
... a ponderous dragging plot. - LibraryThing
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User Review  - dham340 - LibraryThing

The book that started it all. And a classic of fantasy. For those who have never read it, most highly recommended. If you are familiar with the Lord of the rings, the hobbit merely sets the stage. On ... Read full review

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User Review  - crunchymunchkin - LibraryThing

Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series is easily one of my favorite pieces of literature. I re-read the books every couple of years and while I'm able to recite some of the text by heart now, they never ... Read full review

About the author (1991)

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits. Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher. In 2013, his title, The Hobbit (Movie Tie-In) made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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