The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

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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.
Publisher: London :, HarperCollins Children's,, 2012
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780007458424
Characteristics: 364 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Wyatt, David 1968-- Illustrator
Alternative Title: There and back again

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mikey69
Jun 19, 2020

THE LORD OF THE RINGS has a cult-like following. It's fans don't simply read the text and move on; their digestion and study of it is more akin to that of theology students. As a result, this edition of THE HOBBIT - a prelude to THE RINGS epic - is published with corrections not found in editions prior to 1984. This, the most accurate account to date, chronicles Bilbo Baggins' quest to eliminate a dragon that's been terrorizing the Dwarf community of Middle Earth. It's the David and Goliath story retooled for fantasy buffs.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 02, 2020

The Hobbit is one hundred percent worth the read and after reading it I highly recommend watching the movie as this tale is choc full of adventure or misadventures for that matter. It has absolutely every theme in one novel and I found it even pulled on the heartstrings a little bit. The book has a lot of lessons in it as well as hidden meanings such as addiction although it never openly says the word, “addiction” its made obvious. Anyhow, if you love fantasy, adventure, a little romance and page turners then you will love the hobbit. 3 stars
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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yellow_zebra_264
May 28, 2020

Very good book by J.R.R. Tolkien that acts as a precursor to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 16, 2020

One of my favorite books of all time, I read this book probably 20 times growing up and the illustrations by Alan Lee are incredible and I still remember them. I love Bilbo, his story, and his tenacity, he's such a relatable and likable character and J.R.R. Tolkien's power of descriptors are powerful. This is a book that you'll never forget.

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Anita_Dickey
Sep 17, 2019

I read this book as part of the 300 books everyone should read once featured on Listopia. this is the second time i had read it in my lifetime. i found parts of it easier to understand this time. Although i enjoyed it, it really isn't one of my favorites. i'd give it an "it's ok" rating.

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StephanieRu
Sep 14, 2019

The Hobbit takes place in Middle Earth, where a creature named Bilbo Baggins sets out from Hobbiton for an adventure with thirteen dwarves and a wizard to the Lonely Mountains. They are searching for treasures that are held by Smaug the dragon, who lives there.
I liked it because it was told from Bilbo's point of view and I like the way he deals with situations that come his way. It is also a good introduction to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and adventure.

STPL_Emily Sep 07, 2019

This remains one of my favourite books to return to. I loved having it read to me when I was a child and I love reading it as an adult. The fantasy is classic Tolkien written in a way that is accessible to youth. I highly recommend it!

An admirable production of a terrific book. The acting work is top-notch, although I am not a fan of Gandalf's voice. Of the 5 discs, only four cover the book; the fifth is music and an interview with Tolkien. Minimal narration makes it feel like a real theatrical production, live or on-screen, but the audio-only format does make certain scenes a little chaotic and nonsensical. While effective, the dialogue queues are a little groan-inducing and make you wish you could just watch the film or read the book, instead of hearing Bilbo explain everything happening around him.

Since this record also pertains to the edition performed by Rob Inglis, I will say that I prefer his the best, as it is word for word and does not take liberties in theatrical production and explanation. It gets a solid 4 and a half stars.

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gjfricano
Jul 15, 2019

One of the greatest works of fantasy literature in existence, The Hobbit is timeless and as captivating in the late 2010s as it was in the 1930s when it was first published.

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joehurts
Jun 27, 2019

An enjoyable read that never gets old. The characters have depth and Tolkien in my opinion is one of the greatest literary writers. His work is as good as Edgar Allen Poe and William Shakespeare. The story is about how heroes and adventurers come from the most unexpected characters.

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 16, 2020

CORI D. MORRIS thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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jessy05
Nov 13, 2019

jessy05 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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violet_jaguar_350
Mar 15, 2019

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carl5555
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blue_manatee_238
Nov 03, 2018

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May 04, 2018

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green_zebu_65
Nov 18, 2017

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May 15, 2017

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mikey69
Jun 19, 2020

In [THE HOBBIT], we're introduced to Middle Earth, the Shire and Hobbits - Munchkins with less technicolor and better architecture.
http://www.penhead.org/

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jessy05
Nov 13, 2019

"Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"
-Gandalf

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red_eagle_646
May 08, 2019

If you sit on the doorstep long enough you will think of something.

Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.

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Tabaqui
Jul 17, 2017

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
One of the more famous literary openings - for good reason.

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Tabaqui
Jul 17, 2017

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world - Thorin Oakenshield

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Tabaqui
Jul 17, 2017

Alive without breath,
As cold as death,
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail, never clinking. - Gollum/Smeagol

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jayeshaminnew
May 15, 2017

Where there's life there's hope

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shaunguillet
Jun 21, 2016

hobbit hole

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magic23
Aug 02, 2015

"Do you wish me a good morning, or you mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not;..."
Gandalf

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mikey69
Jun 19, 2020

THE HOBBIT (Ballantine Books, $2.95) is the underpinning for THE LORD OF THE RINGS. In it, we're introduced to Middle Earth, the Shire and Hobbits - Munchkins with less technicolor and better architecture. The book, by J. R. R. Tolkien, chronicles Bilbo Baggins' quest to recover treasure from a fire-breathing dragon. Hobbits are not known for bravery or curiosity which makes Bilbo a fish out of water, and an unlikely messiah for Middle Earth. Tall people always got to be throwing shade. Though technically an introduction to LORD OF THE RINGS, THE HOBBIT stands on its own for Tolkien's creative genius and suspenseful prose. Coincidentally, as I sat down to post this summary, I learned actor Ian Holm whom portrayed Bilbo in several Hobbit films including Peter Jackson's masterful LORD OF THE RINGS epic, left our world this morning. He was 88. Godspeed.

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edbodnar
Oct 12, 2015

Bilbo Baggins, a very unsuspecting Hobbit, suddenly finds himself going on an adventure to reclaim a dwarf's treasure! Along with thirteen other dwarves and a famous wizard, Bilbo crosses the land to the east, to the Desolation of Smaug, and robs from the great dragon Smaug, who is guarding the long lost treasure.

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dan23_
Aug 29, 2015

!!!!!

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FloatingSummer
Jul 08, 2015

The Hobbit is about the progressive growth of a fearful little hobbit. In the adventure, the hobbit wondered in the forest of dark magic, sneaked out of the castle of the elves and stole the treasure of the dragon. Eventually, he helped the dwarves restore their rightful position to their kingdom.

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NightThinker
Jun 25, 2015

Bilbo Baggins goes on an adventure with 12 dwarves, Gandalf the wizard, and the dwarf king, Thorin. They travel to the lonley mountains to claim the treasure that was once the dwarves. They must kill Smaug the Dragon.

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chtaphorn
Jun 20, 2015

Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit who finds himself in an adventure, and he is accompanied by dwarves, and a wizard. He is to go to a mountain, slay a dragon, and take it's stolen hoard

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loria1121
Dec 20, 2014

A hobbit takes a trip..with thirteen dwarves and a wizard to a mountain far away to restore the treasure to the dwarves. But what is the treasure? Gold or undying fellowship?

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lyndon8
Aug 17, 2014

Bilbo is an interesting hobbit. He goes on an adventure to the lonely mountain. He goes with several dwarves and a wizard. Its a wonderful book to read.

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jodyandjay
Aug 17, 2014

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who, at the beginning, never went on an adventure but that all changes when a wizard carves a sign on his door. Bilbo and 13 dwarves go on an expedition to claim back what was theirs. In this book there will be many ups and downs, spiders and goblins. Will they reclaim what was theirs?

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gcwakim
Jun 26, 2014

Bilbo Baggins, is a hobbit that enjoys the simple beaties of life such as food and smoking. However one simple visit from Gandolf changes Bilbo's life forever. Join Bilbo, Thorin, the Company of the Dwarves and Gandolf as they set of to slay a dragon, and take back what belongs to the dwarves, the Lonely Mountain.

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tlhull
Dec 06, 2012

Other: Don't listen to fearlessforever! This is not a time waster! It is one of the best books ever!

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rockin_dude
Mar 21, 2012

Other: The Hobbit is amazing!! It is definitely not a waste of time!

PrinceBishop Nov 26, 2011

Other: One of the best books ever. Waste lots of time on it!

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