The Hobbit

The Hobbit

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A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings.


Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, almost dead and dark, with scarcely a snore more than a whiff of unseen steam, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out on to the floor when he caught a sudden thin and piercing ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance!


Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a band 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. Although quite reluctant to take part in this quest, Bilbo surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and his skill as a burglar!


The text of this edition has been fully corrected and revised in collaboration with Christopher Tolkien and is accompanied by a wealth of beautiful watercolour paintings and delicate pencil drawings from Alan Lee.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 149 x 228 x 31mm | 790g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated edition
  • 0008376115
  • 9780008376116
  • 139,740

Review quote

'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 Times
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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, The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
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3 13% (339,756)
2 3% (89,850)
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