The Hobbit

(The Lord of the Rings)

Paperback

English language

Published Aug. 15, 2002 by Houghton Mifflin.

ISBN:
9780345368584
4 stars (60 reviews)

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).

5 editions

Review of 'The Hobbit' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Love This Book! I think a big part of why I love The Hobbit is because two of the three times I've read it, I've listened to the audio version with my young son. We always have an audio book going and sharing books is a wonderful way for us to always have at least one thing in common to talk about.
 
The first time we listened to it, he had to have been about 8 years old. This time around, he's 11 and we've decided to read the Lord of the Rings series immediately afterward. I imagine we'll listen to The Hobbit and the LOTR series together again. 

Review of 'The Hobbit' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is definitely a classic. I think it was my first real fantasy book when I was a child, but I had not read it again since then, while I have read Lord of the Rings multiple times. It's definitely written for a much younger audience, but very entertaining.

What surprised me is how many hints of the bigger Tolkien world are already in there. As I read the Silmarillion just recently, I was pleased to find that Glamdring and Orcrist are swords from Gondolin. Also, several hints at Moria and such. I really enjoyed those parts the most, to find out how the Hobbit fits into the larger picture.

I highly recommend reading this book first before you move on to Lord of the Rings, it will make it more enjoyable.

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Subjects

  • Classics
  • Fantasy - General
  • Literature - Classics / Criticism
  • Fantastic fiction
  • Fiction