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In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort. Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!

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I like to think of this book as 'The Odyssey'...but for little people with furry feet.

A pleasure to read—and in a way, the most idyllic of bedtime stories! As timeless as it is peerless, Tolkien's iconic and regal prose carries you along through a fantastic landscape with all of the subtly and quiet amusement one would expect of an expert bard.

While the journeying portion of the book felt a bit long in places, Tolkien rewards patience. The characters have palpable depth, and the world-building is dizzyingly complete. Though Baggins is a mild, civilized creature and unlikely hero (as unlikely as any Hobbit), his underlying loyalty and valor under pressure are persistently endearing. And his personal growth throughout the tale is perhaps more remarkable than his adventures.
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A Classic Story of Friendship and Adventure

I like to think of this book as 'The Odyssey'...but for little people with furry feet.

A pleasure to read—and in a way, the most idyllic of bedtime stories! As timeless as it is peerless, Tolkien's iconic and regal prose carries you along through a fantastic landscape with all of the subtly and quiet amusement one would expect of an expert bard.

While the journeying portion of the book felt a bit long in places, Tolkien rewards patience. The characters have palpable depth, and the world-building is dizzyingly complete. Though Baggins is a mild, civilized creature and unlikely hero (as unlikely as any Hobbit), his underlying loyalty and valor under pressure are persistently endearing. And his personal growth throughout the tale is perhaps more remarkable than his adventures.

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A tale of adventure, treasure, a talking dragon with a funny name, dwarven companions and discovering courage during trying circumstances, The Hobbit is a story that kids, teens and adults have been enjoying for
going on a century. It's the story of a small, fussy little hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who loves his cozy home in the Shire, where no one goes on any adventures or does anything very daring or dangerous. However, they all know what's going on in the town and who's who and who's related to so-and-so and what they ate for breakfast that morning. It's rather like a small Southern American town, actually. Bilbo's a homebody but there's a small spark in him that is still adventurous, thanks to his Took side (shout out to Peregrin Took, Tookishness rule!), and it is this little bit of boldness and a good shove from Gandalf that leads him to join the company of Thorin Oakenshield. This group of dwarves is heading off to the Lonely Mountain (aka Erebor) on a quest to reclaim their treasure from the dragon, Smaug, who took over their kingdom quite a few years back. Dwarves are a proud folk, but eventually Bilbo wins their approval and they actually start looking to him for answers and plans and the like. Their adventures include battling goblins, trekking through a creepy forest, being imprisoned by an Elven king, sneaking back into their own kingdom and then a massive battle. It's easy to sort of lose track of which dwarves are along for the journey (there are 13, so it's a lot of names and many rhyme), but if you do decide to watch The Hobbit movie, they're given rather distinct character traits and appearances. A few stand out in the book, like Thorin, Dori, Balin, Fili, Kili and Bombur; many of the others, poor fellows, sort of fade into the background. Overall, I love this book to pieces, and I would recommend it to basically anyone with a healthy love of fantasy.
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Amber McKinney Reviewed by Amber McKinney May 03, 2013
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One of the Best Books of My Childhood

A tale of adventure, treasure, a talking dragon with a funny name, dwarven companions and discovering courage during trying circumstances, The Hobbit is a story that kids, teens and adults have been enjoying for
going on a century. It's the story of a small, fussy little hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who loves his cozy home in the Shire, where no one goes on any adventures or does anything very daring or dangerous. However, they all know what's going on in the town and who's who and who's related to so-and-so and what they ate for breakfast that morning. It's rather like a small Southern American town, actually. Bilbo's a homebody but there's a small spark in him that is still adventurous, thanks to his Took side (shout out to Peregrin Took, Tookishness rule!), and it is this little bit of boldness and a good shove from Gandalf that leads him to join the company of Thorin Oakenshield. This group of dwarves is heading off to the Lonely Mountain (aka Erebor) on a quest to reclaim their treasure from the dragon, Smaug, who took over their kingdom quite a few years back. Dwarves are a proud folk, but eventually Bilbo wins their approval and they actually start looking to him for answers and plans and the like. Their adventures include battling goblins, trekking through a creepy forest, being imprisoned by an Elven king, sneaking back into their own kingdom and then a massive battle. It's easy to sort of lose track of which dwarves are along for the journey (there are 13, so it's a lot of names and many rhyme), but if you do decide to watch The Hobbit movie, they're given rather distinct character traits and appearances. A few stand out in the book, like Thorin, Dori, Balin, Fili, Kili and Bombur; many of the others, poor fellows, sort of fade into the background. Overall, I love this book to pieces, and I would recommend it to basically anyone with a healthy love of fantasy.

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The Hobbit is based in a magic medieval world with dragons and magic golden rings. A dragon called Smaug had stolen all of the gold in a little town that Thorin Oakshield lives. Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit. A Hobbit is half the size of a dwarf and is a peaceful person. They never go on adventures and eat 7 meals a day. Gandalf a great and powerful wizard sends him and another 13 dwarfs off to find the golden mountain where the dragon Smaug lives and all of the gold he plundered. I thought it was a fun and amazing book to read because the characters were well described and I could picture them in my head really well. As the characters wonder thought the woods on to the misty mountains they come across black river and other nasty and fowl creatures.

From crossing the mountains they get captured by goblins and try to escape all while leaving Bilbo all alone in the paths under the mountains. As he is walking he finds something that belongs to a fowl creature named Gollum. Gollum wants the thing back and challenges Bilbo to a riddle challenge. If he loses Gollum will eat him if he wins Gollum will show him the way out of the passages. Once they reach the Mountain they get in another pickle. They can’t seem to open the door and Gandalf has left there to find how. They finally get in and fight the dragon. If you would like to find out the rest you will have to read the book.
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Autumn Reviewed by Autumn April 11, 2013
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A magical and "short" Adventure



The Hobbit is based in a magic medieval world with dragons and magic golden rings. A dragon called Smaug had stolen all of the gold in a little town that Thorin Oakshield lives. Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit. A Hobbit is half the size of a dwarf and is a peaceful person. They never go on adventures and eat 7 meals a day. Gandalf a great and powerful wizard sends him and another 13 dwarfs off to find the golden mountain where the dragon Smaug lives and all of the gold he plundered. I thought it was a fun and amazing book to read because the characters were well described and I could picture them in my head really well. As the characters wonder thought the woods on to the misty mountains they come across black river and other nasty and fowl creatures.

From crossing the mountains they get captured by goblins and try to escape all while leaving Bilbo all alone in the paths under the mountains. As he is walking he finds something that belongs to a fowl creature named Gollum. Gollum wants the thing back and challenges Bilbo to a riddle challenge. If he loses Gollum will eat him if he wins Gollum will show him the way out of the passages. Once they reach the Mountain they get in another pickle. They can’t seem to open the door and Gandalf has left there to find how. They finally get in and fight the dragon. If you would like to find out the rest you will have to read the book.

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Highly recommended.
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Bruce Arrington Reviewed by Bruce Arrington August 25, 2012
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A Classic Work

Highly recommended.

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The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien, is a book that takes you on an adventure with Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit. He travels with many dwarves and a powerful wizard across the land of Middle-Earth, filled with many fantastical creatures, such as goblins and dragons. The adventure is exciting and suspenseful, almost making it a perfect story. The only problem is that the plot becomes somewhat predictable towards the ending, but the novel is still very enjoyable because of the way Tolkien keeps the action going.
The characters in The Hobbit are unique and special because of the different races and personalities they show. One of the main characters, Bilbo Baggins, appealed to me the most, as he managed to draw me in with his unpredictable changes and acts. Throughout the book, he becomes the total opposite of what he was before, and he influences the outcome of several major events. Anyone can tell that he is a very important character in this way because the book’s title refers to him.
Not only are these characters exceptionally intriguing, but the setting and dialogue are a major parts of the novel worthy of reading. The different places that they travel to are all described vividly, and Tolkien manages to keep a good balance between descriptions and the rest of the story. On the other hand, the dialogue is just as good because there is a lot of it, and the words that come out of each character reveal many emotions and feelings. This allows the reader to imagine the scene better in their head, enhancing the reading experience by that much more.
Out of five, I would give this book four and a half stars, as I found the book to be a joy to read. Those who like adventure or fantasy books are definitely recommended to pick this book up because it fits right under those categories.
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Bobo Liu Reviewed by Bobo Liu March 21, 2012
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A Hole of Adventure

The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien, is a book that takes you on an adventure with Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit. He travels with many dwarves and a powerful wizard across the land of Middle-Earth, filled with many fantastical creatures, such as goblins and dragons. The adventure is exciting and suspenseful, almost making it a perfect story. The only problem is that the plot becomes somewhat predictable towards the ending, but the novel is still very enjoyable because of the way Tolkien keeps the action going.
The characters in The Hobbit are unique and special because of the different races and personalities they show. One of the main characters, Bilbo Baggins, appealed to me the most, as he managed to draw me in with his unpredictable changes and acts. Throughout the book, he becomes the total opposite of what he was before, and he influences the outcome of several major events. Anyone can tell that he is a very important character in this way because the book’s title refers to him.
Not only are these characters exceptionally intriguing, but the setting and dialogue are a major parts of the novel worthy of reading. The different places that they travel to are all described vividly, and Tolkien manages to keep a good balance between descriptions and the rest of the story. On the other hand, the dialogue is just as good because there is a lot of it, and the words that come out of each character reveal many emotions and feelings. This allows the reader to imagine the scene better in their head, enhancing the reading experience by that much more.
Out of five, I would give this book four and a half stars, as I found the book to be a joy to read. Those who like adventure or fantasy books are definitely recommended to pick this book up because it fits right under those categories.

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I don't know how many times I've re-read this book. Every time, I find new treasures in the pages. The world building is incomparable. The adventure is thrilling. The characters are vivid and unique. And after reading this book, the words "my precious" now send chills up my spine. Love it. Highly recommend.
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An Adventure Indeed

I don't know how many times I've re-read this book. Every time, I find new treasures in the pages. The world building is incomparable. The adventure is thrilling. The characters are vivid and unique. And after reading this book, the words "my precious" now send chills up my spine. Love it. Highly recommend.

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Hi Guys,
This week I'm doing a book review for The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, this is the first book I've read in 2012! I'm excited about finishing my first Goodreads book challenge. I want to read 50 books this year, and I hope I can accomplish my goal. The Hobbit is the prequel to The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, and it follows a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo goes on a quest with Gandalf and several Dwarves, and they have many misadventures. They meet lots monstrous creatures, my favorite is the guest appearance of Gollum, who plays a large part in this book, even though he's in it for a short period of time. Here is the synopsis from the back of the book:

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 . . .

My first impression of this book was good. I've been a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies, I haven't read the books yet, but I thought it would be best to start with the Hobbit, and so I sort of knew what it was about. This book was really great. The plot was fast paced, the characters were great, the mythology was well thought out, and I enjoyed the author's humor throughout the book. This book had action throughout, it seemed that in every chapter there was a new creature that they had to fight. The creatures were amazing to learn about, and I learned a lot about most of them. The humor between Bilbo, Gandalf, and the Dwarves, had me laughing a lot throughout this book. I only disliked a few things. One of the things I didn't quite like about the book was all the singing that was done. I know they're all mythical creatures... but really... why do they have to sing? I felt like I was reading a script for Glee (I like Glee, I just don't think I'd like to read about it). The lyrics were great, and went along with the story well, but I didn't like reading the same song several times throughout the book. My personal favorite song was Over the Misty Mountains Cold, it was very eery but it made the mood of that scene. Another thing I didn't really like about this book was the character Gandalf. I liked Gandalf throughout the Lord of the Rings movies, he was one of my favorite characters, but in this book, I just couldn't connect with him. I could connect with every other character though, especially Bilbo, Thorin, and Gollum. I even liked the enemies throughout the book, Smaug was a great addition towards the end, and the Spider scene was cool. I also liked the elves, and the trolls. I just don't know what was wrong with Gandalf's character, something just seemed off to me. Especially when he kept leaving them and coming back just in the nick of time. I give this book 4/5 stars because of these two reasons, but other than that this book was amazing. I would definitely recommend it to fans of the Lord of the Rings series... I would recommend it to anyone really. Check it out if you get a chance, it's worth the 20 pages worth of lyrics, and Gandalf's mysterious disappearances.

Additional Announcement: This book is being made into a movie. The movie is set to release in December of 2012. You can watch the trailer online now. I was happy to hear Over the Misty Mountains Cold during the trailer. I can't wait until the movie, I just hope it lives up to the book. Just don't watch the movie without reading the book first. :D
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Brandon Scott Reviewed by Brandon Scott January 15, 2012
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The Hobbit Book Review

Hi Guys,
This week I'm doing a book review for The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, this is the first book I've read in 2012! I'm excited about finishing my first Goodreads book challenge. I want to read 50 books this year, and I hope I can accomplish my goal. The Hobbit is the prequel to The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, and it follows a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo goes on a quest with Gandalf and several Dwarves, and they have many misadventures. They meet lots monstrous creatures, my favorite is the guest appearance of Gollum, who plays a large part in this book, even though he's in it for a short period of time. Here is the synopsis from the back of the book:

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 . . .

My first impression of this book was good. I've been a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies, I haven't read the books yet, but I thought it would be best to start with the Hobbit, and so I sort of knew what it was about. This book was really great. The plot was fast paced, the characters were great, the mythology was well thought out, and I enjoyed the author's humor throughout the book. This book had action throughout, it seemed that in every chapter there was a new creature that they had to fight. The creatures were amazing to learn about, and I learned a lot about most of them. The humor between Bilbo, Gandalf, and the Dwarves, had me laughing a lot throughout this book. I only disliked a few things. One of the things I didn't quite like about the book was all the singing that was done. I know they're all mythical creatures... but really... why do they have to sing? I felt like I was reading a script for Glee (I like Glee, I just don't think I'd like to read about it). The lyrics were great, and went along with the story well, but I didn't like reading the same song several times throughout the book. My personal favorite song was Over the Misty Mountains Cold, it was very eery but it made the mood of that scene. Another thing I didn't really like about this book was the character Gandalf. I liked Gandalf throughout the Lord of the Rings movies, he was one of my favorite characters, but in this book, I just couldn't connect with him. I could connect with every other character though, especially Bilbo, Thorin, and Gollum. I even liked the enemies throughout the book, Smaug was a great addition towards the end, and the Spider scene was cool. I also liked the elves, and the trolls. I just don't know what was wrong with Gandalf's character, something just seemed off to me. Especially when he kept leaving them and coming back just in the nick of time. I give this book 4/5 stars because of these two reasons, but other than that this book was amazing. I would definitely recommend it to fans of the Lord of the Rings series... I would recommend it to anyone really. Check it out if you get a chance, it's worth the 20 pages worth of lyrics, and Gandalf's mysterious disappearances.

Additional Announcement: This book is being made into a movie. The movie is set to release in December of 2012. You can watch the trailer online now. I was happy to hear Over the Misty Mountains Cold during the trailer. I can't wait until the movie, I just hope it lives up to the book. Just don't watch the movie without reading the book first. :D

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Reader reviewed by john m



The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a very interesting book. The
story includes many ancient characters such as Bilbo, The Hobbit, Gandalf, the
wizard, Dwarves, Smaug the dragon, elves, Beorn the bear man, and goblins. The
setting is in Wilderland and includes a journey from Hobbiton, through
Mirkwood, and to the Lonely Mountain.



The plot of the Hobbit is begins when dwarves get Bilbo to
go on an adventure, something Hobbits dont normally do.  Soon, they are fighting Goblins and
Bilbo gets a ring that makes him turn invisible. Next, they have troubles in
Mirkwood Forest because of giant spiders, and get put into jail by the Wood
Elves.  Their journey ends with a
stop in Lake Town and they travel to the lonely mountains and meet Smaug the
Dragon.  Here is where they ancient
Dwarf treasure is located.  The
theme is about doing something you dont normally do, like Bilbo going on an
adventure.



The author did a good job of describing the bad characters
so I would feel something horrible was going to happen to Bilbo and the
Dwarves. I wish the author had added more pictures to make the characters more
memorable.



 



I think kids and adults should read this book if they like
adventure and fantasy. Plus, its the story before The Lord of the Rings.  Id give this book an overall rating of
(five stars).






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a reader Reviewed by a reader November 13, 2010
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old but great

Reader reviewed by john m



The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a very interesting book. The
story includes many ancient characters such as Bilbo, The Hobbit, Gandalf, the
wizard, Dwarves, Smaug the dragon, elves, Beorn the bear man, and goblins. The
setting is in Wilderland and includes a journey from Hobbiton, through
Mirkwood, and to the Lonely Mountain.



The plot of the Hobbit is begins when dwarves get Bilbo to
go on an adventure, something Hobbits dont normally do.  Soon, they are fighting Goblins and
Bilbo gets a ring that makes him turn invisible. Next, they have troubles in
Mirkwood Forest because of giant spiders, and get put into jail by the Wood
Elves.  Their journey ends with a
stop in Lake Town and they travel to the lonely mountains and meet Smaug the
Dragon.  Here is where they ancient
Dwarf treasure is located.  The
theme is about doing something you dont normally do, like Bilbo going on an
adventure.



The author did a good job of describing the bad characters
so I would feel something horrible was going to happen to Bilbo and the
Dwarves. I wish the author had added more pictures to make the characters more
memorable.



 



I think kids and adults should read this book if they like
adventure and fantasy. Plus, its the story before The Lord of the Rings.  Id give this book an overall rating of
(five stars).






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Reader reviewed by Zachary

I love this book, so much.

Never too slow, never too vague.  The Hobbit kept my interest constantly.

The depicted mental imagery of the shire, the mountains and the dragon.

A hobbit decides to leave for adventure, and becomes the unwitting owner of an astounding ring.
He meets all sorts of characters on this journal to far away lands and makes many friends and allies.
Most importantly, he discovers the power in the ring.
Using this new excellent tool, he accomplishes more and greater things than he could've imagined, especially for such a small creature as a hobbit.

Excellent children's book, adapted excellently later into a larger series. 

I can't wait for the movie to come out.


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a reader Reviewed by a reader January 27, 2010
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My Precious

Reader reviewed by Zachary

I love this book, so much.

Never too slow, never too vague.  The Hobbit kept my interest constantly.

The depicted mental imagery of the shire, the mountains and the dragon.

A hobbit decides to leave for adventure, and becomes the unwitting owner of an astounding ring.
He meets all sorts of characters on this journal to far away lands and makes many friends and allies.
Most importantly, he discovers the power in the ring.
Using this new excellent tool, he accomplishes more and greater things than he could've imagined, especially for such a small creature as a hobbit.

Excellent children's book, adapted excellently later into a larger series. 

I can't wait for the movie to come out.


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Reader reviewed by Hannah Nurse

I first read J. R. R. Tolkein's "The Hobbit" when I was seven years old.  I'd been in bed for a week with a horrible virus and I was sick to death (no pun intended!) of it.  I had to lie down all day in a quiet room and it felt like the most boring thing in the world.  The only thing that took my mind from the illness was reading. But I'd read all the books on my shelf and I couldn't exactly get up and walk down to the library, so I turned to my elder sister for help.

She brought me "The Hobbit".  I'd vaguely heard of it and thought it was a boy's book, full of goblins and swords and nothing at all that would interest me.  But there was nothing else to do so I wearily opened it up and started reading.  And I was enchanted. 

The tale of Bilbo Baggins, a little hobbit who just wants to live in peace in Hobbiton but who is dragged on a quest to relcaim treasure from a dragon by Gandalf the wizard and a troupe of dwarves was the perfect antidote to my mental stupor.  I was enchanted by the thought of woodland elves who sang mysterious and beautiful songs, terrified by the giant spider and threatening trolls, delighted by the battle of wits and riddles between Gollum and Bilbo. 

"The Hobbit" was the only book in those weeks of frustrated bed-ridden boredom which could lift me from my room and pull me into new and exciting worlds.  Whole afternoons which I would have spent pestering my mum for attention flew by as I flicked through the pages as fast as I could to find out whether Bilbo would ever get home, and by the time I closed the book, thrilled and exhilerated, I knew I'd read something special.  I've always loved books, but this was the first book that made me feel better about something in my life. 

"The Hobbit" is a wonderful story.  Tolkein builds a beautiful and magical world so comprehensively, so believably, that by the time you close the book you long to tramp through the Misty Mountains or stroll through Hobbiton yourself.  And what's more, it is a story of friendship, of determination to the right thing and of bravery from someone ordinary.  Bilbo is not a prince or a knight or a wizard - he is a small, ordinary hobbit who discovers he is capable of remarkable things.  Reading it, I believed that maybe I could do remarkable things too. 

I love this book, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anybody else.  Whether old or young, a fan of fantasy or someone who has never touched it before, I truly believe this book will touch your heart and put a smile on your face.


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a reader Reviewed by a reader May 20, 2009
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"The Hobbit" - My first 'Greatest Book Ever', and still among the best

Reader reviewed by Hannah Nurse

I first read J. R. R. Tolkein's "The Hobbit" when I was seven years old.  I'd been in bed for a week with a horrible virus and I was sick to death (no pun intended!) of it.  I had to lie down all day in a quiet room and it felt like the most boring thing in the world.  The only thing that took my mind from the illness was reading. But I'd read all the books on my shelf and I couldn't exactly get up and walk down to the library, so I turned to my elder sister for help.

She brought me "The Hobbit".  I'd vaguely heard of it and thought it was a boy's book, full of goblins and swords and nothing at all that would interest me.  But there was nothing else to do so I wearily opened it up and started reading.  And I was enchanted. 

The tale of Bilbo Baggins, a little hobbit who just wants to live in peace in Hobbiton but who is dragged on a quest to relcaim treasure from a dragon by Gandalf the wizard and a troupe of dwarves was the perfect antidote to my mental stupor.  I was enchanted by the thought of woodland elves who sang mysterious and beautiful songs, terrified by the giant spider and threatening trolls, delighted by the battle of wits and riddles between Gollum and Bilbo. 

"The Hobbit" was the only book in those weeks of frustrated bed-ridden boredom which could lift me from my room and pull me into new and exciting worlds.  Whole afternoons which I would have spent pestering my mum for attention flew by as I flicked through the pages as fast as I could to find out whether Bilbo would ever get home, and by the time I closed the book, thrilled and exhilerated, I knew I'd read something special.  I've always loved books, but this was the first book that made me feel better about something in my life. 

"The Hobbit" is a wonderful story.  Tolkein builds a beautiful and magical world so comprehensively, so believably, that by the time you close the book you long to tramp through the Misty Mountains or stroll through Hobbiton yourself.  And what's more, it is a story of friendship, of determination to the right thing and of bravery from someone ordinary.  Bilbo is not a prince or a knight or a wizard - he is a small, ordinary hobbit who discovers he is capable of remarkable things.  Reading it, I believed that maybe I could do remarkable things too. 

I love this book, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anybody else.  Whether old or young, a fan of fantasy or someone who has never touched it before, I truly believe this book will touch your heart and put a smile on your face.


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Having began my experience with Lord of the Rings series by watching the blockbuster movies, I really enjoyed learning about Bilbo's story thought this book, which is left out of the movies. I felt that I really understood Frodos's choices at the end of all the books after reading this. It's clear to me now that he felt that he never really fit in anywhere. It was great to watch Bilbo grow and see how his choices affected who Frodo became. Overall a really good story.
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Interesting Background and a Fun read.

Reader reviewed by Asil0828

Having began my experience with Lord of the Rings series by watching the blockbuster movies, I really enjoyed learning about Bilbo's story thought this book, which is left out of the movies. I felt that I really understood Frodos's choices at the end of all the books after reading this. It's clear to me now that he felt that he never really fit in anywhere. It was great to watch Bilbo grow and see how his choices affected who Frodo became. Overall a really good story.

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