Cricket, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Cricket)
This is one of those books that you read when young, and revisit as an adult with fresh eyes. It is even more engaging the second time. In youth, the adventure and intricate, cleverly depicted imaginary world capture your imagination, and as an adult, the details and hidden meanings bring new life to the story. This is read, read, and read again literary treasure.
ladyluck1999, April 24, 2012 (view all comments by ladyluck1999)
This a great prequel to the LOTR series. Peter Jackson is directing 2 movies based on it which are coming out in December '12 & '13
so it is a good idea to refresh on a classic. It is the story of how Bilbo found the one ring.
Peter Ophoven, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Peter Ophoven)
I know this book didn't come out in 2011, but with the word that Peter Jackson is going at it again; I thought I would sharpen up. The Hobbit is awesome. Short enough to keep you interested (Lord of The Rings, being an undertaking), but also long enough to create and sustain amazing world building. It has been years since I read this book and I love it.
A real treasure.
by Horn Book Guide,
"All those, young or old, who love a finely imagined story, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts."
"Tolkien's atmospheric fantasy of Middle-earth and the unassuming hobbit who joins a party of dwarves in their quest for a fabled treasure horde is beloved by adults and children alike."
by Sunday Times (London),
"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and those who are going to read them."
by Observer (London),
"A finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls...an exciting epic of travel and magical adventure, all working up to a devastating climax."
by W. H. Auden,
"One of the best children's stories of the century."
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.
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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