The Hobbit

The Hobbit

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The classic bestseller behind this year's biggest movie, this film tie-in edition features the complete story of Bilbo Baggins' adventures in Middle-earth, with a striking cover image from Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and drawings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey 'there and back again'. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon...The prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 200 x 28mm | 281.23g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Film tie-in ed
  • 8 b/w illus, (2 x b/w maps)
  • 0007487282
  • 9780007487288
  • 23,116

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'One of the best loved characters in English fiction... a marvellous fantasy adventure' Daily Mail 'Finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls... an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, working up to a devastating climax' The Observer 'A flawless masterpiece' The Timesshow more

About J. R. R. Tolkien

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies more

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2,135,915 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
5 51% (1,085,056)
4 30% (648,148)
3 13% (282,243)
2 4% (75,226)
1 2% (45,242)

Our customer reviews

Hellow, I am so happy that i made myself re-read this book at this time of my life,(other time i read it, the book was not mine and it was the translated version). With the movie coming out this December I decided to re-read it before I go to see it, just like any other book lover, this must have been the best decision ever made, because if i didn't, i would not remember how much i love this story after that crappy movie adaptation ( i made a review on my BlogSpot, if you want to know more , why i hated it ), but this is not the place to talk about it. J.R.R Tolkien was a master in world building, right when you start to read this book, you almost can picture every tiny bit of the scenery around the characters, everything pops to life when you get engaged in his reading. I am now interested in reading more of his work, other then this and Lord of the Rings, because i want to know even more of this strange, dangerous although beautiful lands of the Middle Earth. Everything about the Hobbit makes me sigh and want to go back in time and live this adventures and know this creatures , dine, and smoke, and sing with them till the night drops. I think most of the best races ever "created" ( because most of them already existed, he just gave them his own style ) were by this author hands, the descriptions he does of their history, culture and personalities makes them all almost true and I do love that the most about his books. If you are looking for the ultimate Adventure Book , this is the one to choose, it's so fast pacing, and things are always happen here and there, is that kind of reading where sometimes you really have to stop a bit to catch up with it, because you are recovering from one thing and other is already happening, although unlike other authors that try to do this, J.R.R made it work, all things make total sense till the last bit and you don't get annoyed at all by what is happening to this characters. There was just one time on this whole book that i felt disappointed, and you will know which one, when you read it, but please don't give up on it, because you will have a big surprise, and this , specially after i read it all, and now thinking about it, is what makes it so special, that twist in the end was not something i expected and it made it so much more worthy, even if i thought that wasn't even possible. How could i not give the highest of rates to this amazing piece of art? If you never read the Hobbit, please do! J.R.R. Tolkien was a master of his time. Regards. Yours Sincerely, SkeletonOrchidshow more
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