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  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

I read this first in junior high (at least twice) and then when I was a young adult and again as the movies were about to come out and I wanted to try to read the LofR trilogy. I still can't read the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Xleptodactylous - LibraryThing

When it comes down to it (I mean, REALLY), The Hobbit is The Lord of the Rings without all the banal tangents (Tom Bombadil aside) or the drivel of the automatic fantasy ending. Plus, Bilbo > Frodo. 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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