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J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy featuring cover art by Caldecott Honor winning children?s book illustrator Peter S?s, this edition of The Hobbit has been specially formatted for young readers. Larger print size and wider margins provide reading ease for the youngest Tolkien fans. This quality digest edition also includes interior maps and original interior illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Bilbo Baggins ...
J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy featuring cover art by Caldecott Honor winning children’s book illustrator Peter Sís, this edition of The Hobbit has been specially formatted for young readers. Larger print size and wider margins provide reading ease for the youngest Tolkien fans. This quality digest edition also includes interior maps and original interior illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
Posted September 9, 2002
I am a 25 year female old college student. I had to choose a book from a list of several titles. I went through the process of checking websites for reviews and asking friends whom have read this book. I had several referrals and the book had several good reviews. So this was my first choice to read. The book does have very imaginative and interesting characters, but I found it very hard to follow the storyline. If you are into fantasy reading you may enjoy this book, but I was very dissatisfied and bored with this book after the first few chapters. My opinion is one of many. So please take it upon yourself to decide if this is a book for you. I would not recommend this book.
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Posted May 21, 2007
I picked this book up thinking it would be great, it started off slow but I kept reading and it just never picked up, it was it worst book ever. Many people said it was great so I kept reading but it never got better. I know I can't stop anyone from reading this but I did warn you.
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Posted January 11, 2013
I got this book for my 8 year old son for Christmas. On Christmas night, he started reading it and was almost in tears laughing on the first chapter! It was amazing to see! He has had very minimal questions about the language used and now he is about halfway through the book! This was the first "adult" book I read as a child and it's amazing to be able to discuss this book with him! I highly recommend this book to anyone!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 4, 2008
I have seen the lord of the ring's movie and I liked them so I decided to read the Hobbit and now I am so into it I can barley put it down there is a lot of action in it and is suspensful once I finish the hobbit I will start on the fellowship of the ring, but this book is worth every penny.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2008
The book the hobbit is an inspiring story from when goblins,trolls,elves,and dwarves were still living, the main character bilbo baggins was a nice hobbit who was not very adventuras and also not quite too excited to hear of his unplanned adventure.I enjoyed the book very much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2008
This is by far one of the greatest fantasy books ever written and my favorite. It is hard to find anything to complain about, there are almost no loopholes and none that i could even point out. I couldn't put the book down. Tolkien is an amazing writer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2008
Next to stories resulting from the manipulation of TIME, I love the magic of fantacy this story offers. Great creatures, characters, and quest. This is a classic. A page turner for any age.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2008
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a riveting tale of dwarves who embark on an epic journey to find a cave full of gold. This book is a classic thriller that grips the reader from the beginning. The dwarves and Bilbo, the hobbit, take on many challenges- from almost being eaten by trolls, to encountering wolves and contending with creatures who live in mountains, like Golum and the goblins. Their expedition is further complicated by the fact that the cave is guarded by a fire-breathing dragon named Smaug. Bilbo must complete many perilous tasks which could have easily caused him to quit, but he perseveres. Because Bilbo continues on in spite of these difficulties, he finds the ultimate treasure. Bilbo also learns many lessons throughout the journey. He learns to not judge people by their looks, when a man who morphs into a bear gives him and his friends shelter for the night. In the end, Bilbo¿s reward was not just the gold he found at the end of his venture, but the lessons in personal perseverance and the importance of friendships he made along the way. Ultimately, he and his friends share in the party after he finds the gold. I highly recommend this book to anyone from a teenager to an adult.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2008
Tolkein's amazing classic is an outstanding story with an amazing plot, and a great variety of adventures that thrill the mind. It's only shortcoming is in character is in character developement. While you do get to know the main characters (Bilbo, Gandalf, and Thorin), other characters like the dwarves, who are also adventuring for treasure, remain almost completely obscured throughout the book. While it is not a major problem, it does tend to be rather bothersome. Although it gives you glimpses of their personalities throughout the book, it makes for almost a dozen characters that go almost unrecognized. It does make up for it, however, through the overpoweringly engaging story and intricate story that is so hard to find in a fantasy story today. This is definitely a read that will keep you thinking from cover to cover.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2008
I read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I give it five stars. This book is a great mixture of suspense and adventure. From giant evil spiders and heroic elves to gigantic greedy dragons and hardy dwarves, this book has a little bit of everything. If you like great battles and heroism, this book has got it. If you¿re looking for a book where there are vivid details and lots of descriptions, this is what you¿ve been looking for. If you¿re looking for a book full of romance and love, well, maybe this book isn¿t for you, but still, it¿s really good. It all starts when Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, gets thrown into an adventure by Gandalf the wizard. He travels through Middle-earth, almost being eaten by some trolls and getting lost in an endless amount of subterranean tunnels ruled by evil goblins. He meets the creature Gollum and finds the One Ring which sets up the Lord of the Rings books. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will want to know, ¿What happened to Smaug?¿ and ¿Will he come back to eat poor Bilbo and the dwarves?¿ This is one book you won¿t want to put down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2008
Bilbo, a small hobbit who just wants to be left alone gets drug into an adventure with the wizard, Gandalf and 13 homeless dwarves. Their quest is to take revenge upon the dragon, Smaug, and to recover their ancestors stolen gold. During the trip Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves encounter many things such as goblins, giant spiders, wargs, trolls, and Beroin, a man who can transform into a bear. Bilbo also finds a ring that can turn him invisible. Finally, the party reaches the Lonely Mountain, the dwelling of Smaug and their gold, but Smaug leaves and is nowhere to be found. There were many things that I liked and disliked about the book. Some things that I liked about the book were the detail it is described in, the nail- biting events that took place, and the way the author used words to make the book come alive. Some things that I didn¿t like about the book were that it was hard to understand at parts, it jumped from event to event too quickly, and the book used many confusing words. This book is the prelude to the Lord of the Rings series. It can be read without reading the Silmarillion first. I would recommend this book to male readers because it¿s filled with action and adventure that males would enjoy. If you have read the Lord of the Rings series I recommend that you also read the Hobbit. This is a very good book and I hope that all of you adventure fans pick it up and read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2007
Posted November 1, 2007
When little Bilbo Baggins (a hobbit) is asked to help some dwarves on a journey, he would¿ve never have guess that he¿d have to fight giant spiders, trolls, goblins, and help steal treasures from a dragon called Smaug. The Hobbit is a fun and exciting book. I highly recommend it. One of my favorite things that I like about this book is the trolls. Towards the beginning, Bilbo accidentally stumbles upon them. It is very dark, and the trolls have made a fire. Bilbo sees them and being the burglar that he is, he tries to pick pocket one of them. Well, Willie (the troll he tried to steal from) notices him and picks him up. Bilbo is so small and the trolls are so big that the troll held him in his hand. The trolls argue about if they should kill him, how they will kill him, let him go, or just eat him. While they¿re arguing, some of the dwarves make their way over there, and they all escape. Gandalf, a wizard, also helped them get out. The story line in this book is very well written. Bilbo, a hobbit, is in his little hobbit hole that Gandalf must duck to come into. Gandalf asks him to help him come along with him and some dwarves on an adventure where they will get riches. Bilbo doesn¿t want to at all. But some how, they talked him into it. So Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves begin their journey. Their first main encounter was the trolls, who I already told you about. Once they escaped, they meet with a friend who helped them, and then to Mirkwood. Mirkwood is a dark and scary forest. They get into many dangerous situations such as giant spiders attacking them and hanging them in webs upside down. After months, they made it out. That¿s when they reached the mountain where Smaug lived. Smaug was a red dragon with tons of riches that the dwarves wanted very badly indeed. They will have to trick him to get some of his gold. Well, they will, but not until King Bard, the slayer of Smaug, defeated him. So they get most of the riches and headed back home. Another thing I like about this book is the part when the goblins attack Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves. They are sleeping in a cave and they have no idea that trolls on both sides surround them. Bilbo has a dream before it all happens. He dreams of a hole in the wall, someone creeping in, and a flash. Suddenly, Bilbo wakes up and sees that his dream had come true. There were goblins swarming in from the caves! Bilbo screamed but the dwarves didn¿t wake until the goblins grabbed them and brought them to their master, who had a big head. Bilbo and dwarves do fight back and escape¿ but Gandalf has disappeared. The Hobbit is a well-written and exciting book! It will keep you reading and reading. Two thumbs way up!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2007
Bilbo is running down the passage, but the goblins are faster and know the tunnels. Bilbo gets grabbed from behind and falls backward tumbling into an abandoned tunnel. The Hobbit is a great book about when a Hobbit named Bilbo is asked to go on a journey with 13 other dwarves. With these thirteen dwarves Bilbo heads out to get their lost treasure and defeat Smog the Dragon. I really enjoyed this book because of all the adventures. It is great for readers aged thirteen and older. I really enjoyed all of the characters. My favorite was the main character Bilbo. He was very new too all of the adventures and nervous at first. He was also very courageous when he stole the golden cup from Smog¿s treasure pile. Another great character was Gandalf. He is very wise. He is also always patient with Bilbo. I really liked the setting. I like the middle ages. The descriptions created an excellent picture of that time and place. I liked all the forests and woods especially the one with spiders. I loved how detailed the writing was. I was entertained by the nonstop action, for instance when Bilbo and the dwarves were captured by the elves. It was also interesting when Bilbo found the ring and escaped from Gollum. That scene kept building in excitement. Another one of my favorite parts was when they were trying to get across the river but could not touch the water. These were just a few of the exciting scenes in the book! In the book The Hobbit, Bilbo and thirteen dwarves set off on an adventure to reclaim the dwarfs¿ treasure and smote Smog the Dragon. It is an extremely exciting book. I think everyone should take the time to read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2007
Another slash¿another kill! ¿Where are all these giant spiders coming from?¿ Bilbo Baggins screamed to himself. On a quest to slay a dragon and reclaim the dwarves¿ treasure, the poor hobbit journeyed alongside thirteen dwarves and crossed deadly mountains, a dangerous forest known as Mirkwood, and elf dungeons. On the way they faced goblins, wolves, angry Wood-elves, and even a dragon! Did they succeed in their quest? The only way to find out is to read the book¿which I highly recommend. I enjoyed the action of this book. In Mirkwood, Thorin and Co. (the dwarves and Bilbo) fought off many angry, gargantuan spiders. Bilbo used his sword and slaughtered nearly every spider. An enormous battle took place at Lake-town when the dragon, Smaug, arrived and was shot in his left breast by Bard. During the Battle of Five Armies, Beorn, a large man that can change shape, arrived in the form of a black bear and killed hundreds of goblins. This book had excellent suspense. It was hard to put down because I always had to find out what happened next. In a cave, Bilbo woke up and kept hearing noises until, finally, the goblins broke in. A similar sequence of events occurred when Bilbo (once again) had an intense feeling that Smaug would breath fire into the cave where they were hiding. The dwarves closed the door right as Smaug torched the cave. Another suspenseful part was the battle between the Lake-men and Smaug. Smaug showed up and was finally hit by Bard¿s arrow. Another thing I relished about this book was how there were so many different groups of characters. The goblins were nasty, sinister beings that were enemies of every other group or race except for wolves and wargs. The dwarves were kind, but could become harsh if they were mistreated. Elves were considerate, lighthearted people who were usually very generous. I strongly recommend this book because it is a well thought-out fantasy that is incredibly entertaining and detailed. It has become a classic. T. BakerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2007
The Hobbit is a fantasy-fiction story by J.R.R. Tolkien. This was a great book! It is vividly detailed, and has more conflicts than you can count on two hands. The only negative thing about it is that sometimes it is hard to understand Tolkien¿s writing. A couple of times, I had to go back a chapter, and reread it to understand what is going on. This book takes place in Wilderland, some far away place and time from here. A hobbit, thirteen dwarves, and a wizard go on a long, dangerous journey to retrieve gold from a dragon who stole it from them many centuries ago. Many conflicts stand between them and their goal, like gigantic spiders, goblin raids, and unhelpful elves. They get through all of these because of the main character¿s magical ring that makes him invisible. J.R.R. Tolkien has a very unique style. He puts in a lot of detail, but not enough on the important parts of the story. Sometimes it takes a little while to realize what just happened. I think that anyone who is into fantasy and magic should read this book. You just have to be very aware of what¿s going on in the book because Tolkien goes in and out of conflicts quickly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 24, 2007
The way Tolkien wrote this book is beautiful. A classic tale of dragons, magic, treasure, and adventure. Many writers write about these subjects but few tell it so well. I liked the simplicity of the story and motivations. This and the LoTR trilogy were the first books I bought when I lost my old 'private library'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2007
I first read The Hobbit as a sixth grader and remember loving it. I then continued on to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was excellent. I decided to re-read The Hobbit this summer since I found I had forgotten the majority of the story. After re-reading it, I still maintain my original praise of it being an entertaining story, however, it is clearly a children's story. It lacks the more mature themes the trilogy exhibits and the deep development of characters. The Hobbit is a effective introduction to Tolkien's writing style and works well as a platform for the trilogy to build upon. I recommend The Hobbit, but I also strongly suggest continuing on to read the trilogy in order to appreciate the full value of The Hobbit as it works with the rest of the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2007
The Hobbit is one of the greatest adventure stories i have read. It takes you far beyond the boundaries of our world and into one of the greatest fantasy worlds ever created. J.R.R. Tolkien is a genius. This book will capture your heart, your mind and your thoughts. The plot of the book is so rich with detail and thrilling adventures that i could read this book twelve times and still find new things every time. I highly recommend this book to people who love fantasy books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2007
The Hobbit is actually by far my favorite of the Tolkien novels. I found that The Hobbit was also the easiest to read, partially because of 'The Two Towers' and 'The Return of the King''s constant change between characters. But seriously, you absolutely have to read this book. It truly is a masterpiece.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.