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The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)

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Whisked from his comfortable hobbit/hole 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...
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published September 21st 1937)
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Michael The Hobbit can be sort of a "gateway" book, as it provides Tolkien's amazing fantasy and storytelling but without the (sometimes intimidating) detail…moreThe Hobbit can be sort of a "gateway" book, as it provides Tolkien's amazing fantasy and storytelling but without the (sometimes intimidating) detail and complexity of LOTR. The Hobbit will introduce Tolkien's world and mythology, so you will have some context when you read LOTR.(less)
Summerlily Well, quite frankly, The Silmarillion is really boring. I highly suggest you read The Hobbit and LOTR first, to see if you even like his writing…moreWell, quite frankly, The Silmarillion is really boring. I highly suggest you read The Hobbit and LOTR first, to see if you even like his writing style. Then, if you decide you are interested enough in Middle earth, go ahead and tackle the rest ;) (less)
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Aug 26, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, parents, all those that stay children in their hearts
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
Some books are almost impossible to review. If a book is bad, how easily can we dwell on its flaws! But if the book is good, how do you give any recommendation that is equal the book? Unless you are an author of equal worth to the one whose work you review, what powers of prose and observation are you likely to have to fitly adorn the work?

'The Hobbit' is at one level simply a charming adventure story, perhaps one of the most charming and most adventurous ever told. There, see how simple that w
Darth J

There are some days when I actually think that the humble Hobbit is superior to it's bohemoth brother, The Lord of the Rings . It's a much tighter story, and Bilbo is a much more appeal character than is Frodo. I also just love this poem, from The Hobbit

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
Jason Koivu
Feb 27, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From a hole in the ground came one of my favorite characters of all time, the very reluctant and unassuming hero, Bilbo Baggins.

As a child, The Hobbit sparked my young imagination, causing wonderful daydreams and horrible nightmares. As a teen, the book made me want to become a writer of fantastical tales...or go shoeless, live in a hole and smoke a pipe. As an adult, Tolkien's novel maintains within me a link to my childhood, safekeeping cherished memories and evoking everlasting emotions.

EDIT 03/06/2015: I've just about had it with people trying to change my mind on every Tolkien review I've written. Please don't comment if you're going to complain. I'm glad you enjoy his work, but I've given him more than a fair try, and I simply don't like his story-telling. I am actually allowed to feel that way, no matter how scandalous you find that idea. Thank you.

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To be fair, it really is a cool story. Mr Tolkien’s imagination is endless and I respect him immensely for that. To be able to
Ben Alderson
Jan 01, 2015 Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
how they made three films out of this impresses me!
Sep 28, 2016 Traveller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe one day soon I'll write a proper review of The Hobbit.

In the meantime, I want to say this:
If you are a child, you need to read this for Gollum's riddles.

If you are an adult, you need to read this book to children (if you don't have children, rent borrow some) for at least one opportunity to roleplay Gollum.


See here, he even won an award!!
(PS. Since Gollum features so strongly in this review, here is an interesting video on the acting and CGI genius that went
Will Byrnes
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
Books exist in time and place and our experience of them is affected by the specific time and place in which we encounter them. Sometimes an uplifting or inspiring book can change the path of a life that has wandered onto a wrong course. Sometimes a book, discovered early on, can form part of the foundation of who we are. Or, discovered late, can offer insight into the journey we have taken to date. Sometimes a book is just a book. But not The Hobbi
Bookworm Sean
To call this the epitome in which all high fantasy should be judged does not quite suffice; this is simply one of the best books that has ever been written or will ever be written. The Hobbit defines the high fantasy genre along with its sequel, of course, and has been an inspiration to countless authors and readers alike. Tolkien, quite literally, kick started a genre that would eventually capture the hearts of thousands of people. He changed the literary world.

The best fantasy universe ever c
Dec 22, 2015 Alejandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where there's life there's hope.

I've been thinking a lot of how many stars giving to the book, since there were parts that I loved a lot, but there were others that I found tedious and even anti-climatic, but in respect to this great writer, J.R.R. Tolkien, I think that the book deserves at least 4-stars rating with which I feel easy since I am not giving it a full rating but also I am not punishing it for things that maybe a future re-reading will solve.

In a hole in the ground there lived a
Oct 09, 2015 julio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is not a review.

this is smack-talk.

me and a buddy saw the first two films in the peter jackson trilogy (for a second time) this weekend. he says he loves actor lee pace just like i do, but that his character, thranduil, was campy as fuck and also what the hell were they even thinking?

to which i reply:


y'all know i like 'em long, lean, and unavailable.

aint nobody gon' talk shyt 'bout muh boo.

Mohammed Arabey
Jul 12, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Plot 0 القصه
The Action 0 الاحداث
The Settings 0 الاماكن
The Characters 0 الشخصيات
But.. The Oscar Goes to.. J.R.R. Tolkien for BEST STORYTELLER
فعلا لعل اكثر ما اعجبني في رحلتي مع الهوبيت ..تلك الرحله غير المتوقعه لي
هو اسلوب روايه جي ار ار تولكين للقصه
فله اسلوب مميز بالفعل في الحكي, كانه يروي وهو يجلس معك أنت شخصيا
الهــوبيت هي حجر الاساس والبدايه في واحده من اهم الروايات في العالم "سلسله ملك الخواتم" "وكانت السلسله الاعلي مبيعات حتي اطاحت بها روايه الساحره الانجليزيه جي كي رولينج عن قصه حياه هاري
Dec 28, 2012 seak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to seak by: Mrs. Burrows, my 8th Grade English Teacher

The above was my first review of this and really summed things up quite succinctly. Below is actually a review of the first of the trilogy of movies following The Hobbit (kinda).

There have been lots of thoughts on this movie already, but I felt I needed to add my two cents, because, well, lots of people are just plain wrong.

Okay, maybe people have good reason to be disappointed with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but I wanted to tell you why you shou
Feb 27, 2015 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the feeling of connectedness you get when you've wondered about something for a long time, and finally discover the answer. I had a great example of that yesterday. As I said in my review of The Lord of the Rings, for me Tolkien is all about language. I must have read The Hobbit when I was about 8, and even at that age I was fascinated by his made-up names. They sort of made sense, but not quite.

Then, when I was 21, I learned Swedish, and suddenly there were many things in Middle Earth th
Barry Pierce
I really hate fantasy. However I do consider myself a "reader". Therefore I feel obliged to read the works of Tolkien cos well... he's a pretty major name in 20th-century English literature. *sighs* The things I do for the love of books.

I was apprehensive when I started this. I was introduced to hobbits and dwarves and wizards and I very nearly quit on page 16. However I decided to continue with one thought circling in my head, "it's just a bit of fun". Whenever I came across a passage with trol
Aug 16, 2016 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I find it hard to believe there are people who have no clue what the book is about. Still the possibility exists so I will give the high points of the plot. See there once was a hobbit (a race entirely created by Tolkien and endlessly recycled since under name halflings - for copyright reasons) named Bilbo Baggins. Think a humanoid creature of about half of a grown-up adult human height with furry legs who goes barefoot - it is a hobbit.
These guys live underground in holes similar to rabbit's, b
May 31, 2010 Eh?Eh! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents (maybe)
Recommended to Eh?Eh! by: Caris, Ceridwen C
I wish I could count this among my childhood nostalgia books.

I remember trying to read this book in grade-school and stopping because there was too much boring scenery and background. I must've been too young because it isn't boring at all, and there isn't all that much scenery as I'd thought and hardly any background. But as I kept reading, this flipped into a feeling that I'm reading this far too old, not young. The voice of the narrator is odd, generally the vague omniscient overlooking tone
Miquel Reina
The Hobbit is probably my favorite book of all times. I should meditate a bit more, but I could say that is between my three favorite books! :D I think the Hobbit is a tale rather than a novel, a tale for adults. I love the contrast between the quiet, comfortable and almost boring life of Bilbo against the adventure full of dangers that he will live with the dwarves. For me, The Hobbit is a metaphor of life, with a strong and clear moral that we all learn at the end of its reading. I encourage e ...more
The Hobbit and LOTR are so epic that even now when I go on a hike, I always pretend that my chocolate chip cookies to go are actually Lembas.
Apr 03, 2015 Mario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so ashamed that I haven't picked up this book sooner. What is wrong with me?

But anyway, brilliant story. Tolkien's writing really is extraordinary. I also liked the songs and illustrations (even thought there weren't many of them). So I'll definitely be reading LoTR soon.

Only 'problem' I had with it, is that I had huge expectations going into this book (mostly because the movies were so damn good), and they all weren't quite met. But never mind that, I couldn't give this book any less that

Kako napisati review za najomiljeniju knjigu ikada? Nikako, zato ovo i nije klasičan review.

Već nekoliko godina, sestra i ja imamo običaj da pred kraj godine čitamo baš Hobita, to je naša mala tradicija kojom obeležavamo kraj jedne i početak nove godine.
Knjige dolaze i prolaze, ali samo za pojedine možemo da kažemo da su nas oblikovale kao čitaoce.
Hobit je jedna od tih knjiga za mene.
A evo kako je sve počelo:

Znate ono čuveno pitanje: Koje 3 knjige biste poneli na pusto ostrvo? E pa, ne znam koj
Ahmad Sharabiani
610. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
نمیدانم چندبار این هابیت را خوانده ام، همیشه تا نام بیلبو میشنوم پرواز میکنم، لابد شمایان هم فیلمش را دیده اید
هابیت - جی.آر.آر. تالکین (پنجره، و ...) ادبیات فانتزی انگلستان
باد در خلنگ زار ِ پژمرده میوزید
اما در جنگل هیچ برگی بر درخت نمیجنبید
شب و روز سایه آنجا را گرفته بود
و موجودات اهریمنی خاموش به زیر درختان خزیدند

باد از کوهستان سرد وزیدن گرفت
و همچون موج غرید و غلطید
شاخه ها آه کشیدند و جنگل نالید
و برگ درختان بر روی خاک ریخت

باد از غرب راه شرق در پیش گرفت
و هر جنبشی در
Hasham Rasool
In a hole in the ground there a lived 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.

The first publication of The Hobbit was on 21st September 1937.

I have seen The Hobbit trilogy. After watched those movies, I find out that The Hobbit book and The Hobbit movies storylines are different. I had a long considered whether I should buy The H
Jun 21, 2015 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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.”

So begins J.R.R. Tolkien’s love letter to fantasy literature.

A reader to this timeless classic will first notice that this is a first person narration, the reader hears Tolkien’s voice as he narrates the tale of Bilbo Baggins, Belladonna Took’s odd so
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Sep 06, 2011 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers and the young at heart
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) by: Classics For Beginners Group Read
Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit who doesn't take much after his Took side of the family. Adventure might be in his blood, but it's not really his thing. He'd rather stay in his nice home under the Hill and have tea. But adventure comes knocking in the form of one wizard, Gandalf, and thirteen dwarves. Gandalf has volunteered Mr. Baggins to be the burglar for these dwarves. To steal into their former home and get back their treasure from a nasty dragon by the name of Smaug. Bilbo would rather say no, b ...more
Oct 09, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as always!
Emily May
Sep 12, 2016 Emily May rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In certain crowds, my rating and the words I'm about to write (well, type) would probably get me shot. But The Hobbit is still, to this day, the single most boring book I have ever read. That's including The Globalization of World Politics. And Moby-Dick. I feel like I'm missing something with all of Tolkien's work. I don't get the love :(
Mar 06, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2012 - Reread - What to add to my original review for this site? I don't. There is something everlasting and yet almost tragic about this book. Thorin doesn't fail but he does not live very long to enjoy his victory, if you can call it his. Perhaps that grey zone is what make the book last.

Some time ago, Harold Bloom went on a Harry Potter rant. He is hardly the only academic to do so. In fact, A. S. Byatt wrote a wonderful essay on how strange and annoying she finds adults who read Harry Potter
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

This was my second experience reading The Hobbit. My first was that my dad read it to me and my sisters back when I was 12, I think. Since I'm 20 now that means it had been ... 8 years. Shit I'm old.

I admit, I re-read this mostly because the movie was coming out. And I had to see it because MARTIN FREEMAN.

I MEAN, JUST LOOK AT HIM. HOW CAN YOU RESIST. <3 (Also he was perfect in the movie and just UGHH YESSS. The movie was good. But this isn't a review of the movie so I'
Oct 01, 2007 Nathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pretentious assholes who are too stupid to see how right wing this book is.
The only Tolkien I've ever read. And it guarantees it'll stay that way. That's right, I'm one of the five people on the planet who didn't pretend to have read the Lord of the Rings trilogy after the movies came out. And that's using the term loosely. They weren't really movies, they were more like protracted masturbatory fantasies for stoner geeks and people who would otherwise be making b-horror film remakes. The Hobbit wasn't a part of the trilogy, and I can only assume that it got left it out ...more
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan
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  • The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
  • The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
  • The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)
  • Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth
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