The Hobbit

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February 12, 2012
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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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A Classic Story of Friendship and Adventure
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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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The Hobbit
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3.5
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3.0
This book is strong and well hearted.
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This book has a solid story line. it is consistent plot and the characters are likable and funny. the characters all have good personalities.
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A Fantastic Journey Through Middle Earth
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Addicting
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Are you craving an extremely immersive book that you just can’t stop reading? The Hobbit is one of the few books that has ever done this to me, being the beginning of a series of books that is probably my favorite of all time. The Hobbit is a fictional fantasy book appropriate for 10+ ages.
The Hobbit follows the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, who is on a journey to steal back the magnificent treasures of the dragon Smaug.
The book managed to cover many things that I wanted to see whilst reading. I was immersed in the world, the characters, and the storyline. The plot never failed me. I always felt like I was in a productive part of the book, rather than a slow, unimaginative, and boring section. It is fun to read, and the series of books that it continues into, the Lord of the Rings, is an addition to it all, and provides nothing but more content to explore.
The Hobbit has the power to draw in any reader, and keep them for the entire ride. It has an amazing story, colorful characters, and an unforgettable adventure. The only problem was that it didn’t last very long, I just couldn’t stop reading!
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Awesomeness!
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This was an enjoyable read and would work for younger readers, as young as 8 if they are into the elf and goblin themed world. It was very explanatory and the diction was easy enough for all to understand. A great read all the way around!
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This book gives the back story to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Which makes sense. Since it's the prequel. There were plenty of action scenes as well as a sufficient amount of character development. All the while, it was a simple enough read. It would work for readers of a wide variety of ages.
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One of the Best Books of My Childhood
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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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A magical and "short" Adventure
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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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The fun part was when the Hobbit and 13 dwarves get captured and Bilbo gets away and meets Gollum.
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A Classic Work
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Highly recommended.
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This was one of the first fantasy books I read as a child. The imagination, wit and humor of JRR Tolkien is evident in this masterpiece. The plot, characters, and drama all combine to bring a truly delightful story. If you have never read this book, you are in for a real treat!
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A Hole of Adventure
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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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An Adventure Indeed
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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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The Hobbit Book Review
(Updated: January 15, 2012)
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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
Good Points
Great, fast-paced plot. Impressive characters, and lots of action sequences. (With the occasional one-liner)
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old but great
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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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