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The Hobbit or There and Back Again (Middle-Earth Universe)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  1,617,701 ratings  ·  27,857 reviews
J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition:

"If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is th
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Paperback, 275 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 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)
Eduardo Jimenez If you are new to Tolkien's mythology read the Hobbit first, is a nice door into this world. If you like it but you want more mature content then you…moreIf you are new to Tolkien's mythology read the Hobbit first, is a nice door into this world. If you like it but you want more mature content then you can go for The Children of Hurin and other works by Tolkien :) (less)
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Matt
Aug 26, 2008 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, parents, all those that stay children in their hearts
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
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
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Scott
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,
In h
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Jason Koivu
From a hole in the ground came one of my favorite characters of all time, the very reluctant and unassuming hero of the story, 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 ...more
Traveller
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.

Becuz GOLLUM ROOOLZ!!!!!




See here, he even won an award!! (Click on the link to see a hilarious video)

Of course the most compelling reason to add this to your reading list in haste is
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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 Hobbit
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Inge
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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 conjure a whole new, magical world and all these creatures in it.. absolutely amazing. But it is also a very long-winded story and I found myself struggling to get the job done. Reading is not supposed to be a job; it’s supposed to be fun and relaxing. For me, The Hobbit was not an engaging story – I was distracted constantly and kept missing paragraphs. The story in it
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Alejandro
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 h
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Seak (Bryce L.)
Dec 28, 2012 Seak (Bryce L.) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Seak (Bryce L.) by: Mrs. Burrows, my 8th Grade English Teacher
Shelves: fantasy
Amazing.

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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).
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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
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this is not a review.

this is smack-talk.

me and my buddy Alexis Hall 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:

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

aint nobody gon' talk shyt 'bout muh boo.

ACTIVATE MEME BATTURR
Eh?Eh!
May 31, 2010 Eh?Eh! rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Mohammed Arabey
The Plot description القصه
The Action description الاحداث
The Settings description الاماكن
The Characters description الشخصيات
But.. The Oscar Goes to.. J.R.R. Tolkien for BEST STORYTELLER
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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 خصيصا من اجلك انت

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 بوتر"
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Sep 06, 2011 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers and the young at heart
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) 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
Loederkoningin
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.
Chris
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
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Kwesi 章英狮
Sep 28, 2011 Kwesi 章英狮 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kwesi 章英狮 by: Emir Never
Shelves: j-r-r-tolkien, 2011, owned
Bilbo Baggins is a normal hobbit, only wanted is a peaceful life and a home loving type. But one day when Gandalf tricked Bilbo to host a party for Thorin and the gang, he was ridiculed and forced to join the team to explore the land within the imagination of Tolkien. Bilbo, the band and the reader met new faces from orcs, eagles, and other mystical creature that fought within stories by stories. Imaginative Tolkien once again made his famous children's book of all time.

If I'm a little bit you
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Terry
I have a long and very personal history with _The Hobbit_. My first experience of it was, I think, at the age of 7 or 8 when my older brother (13 years my senior) read the story to me and I was immediately captivated. After that came readings from the LotR and I was a Tolkien fan forevermore. My re-reading of _The Hobbit_ immediately prior to my most recent one was a bit of a disappointment. Somehow the same old magic didn’t all seem to be there and I was perhaps most discomfited by the gaps in ...more
Megan
Feb 18, 2013 Megan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites, 2013
Honestly I'm not even sure about how to write this review. How do you review a book that has such an impact on your life, stretching all the way from your childhood? J.R.R. Tolkien was my first, and still is, my favorite author of all time. Ever since 5th grade when I stole my hermano's Lord of the Rings book (all three in one!) and trotted around school reading it every chance I got, even had it taken away once or twice, yeah I was that kid, I loved the world of Middle Earth. While I read The H ...more
Adam
My parents had a BBC version of this on vinyl when I was about 3-4 years old, and they taped it for me onto four or five analog tapes that I listened to every morning. I'd spend hours and hours at the beginning of each day listening to the British actor read these words, taking them to heart and memorizing them until they became rote. By the time I was five, you could start me at any point in the book and I could continue on, word for word spilling out of my young mouth. I remember gathering thr ...more
Jonathan

I love this book. Have I mentioned before how much I love Tolkien's books? They are part of my childhood and my memories are incredibly fond of them (yes I'm a nostalgic type of person alright). The Hobbit in many ways is of all my books part of my childhood. I was certainly the first time that I entered Tolkien's world when I first read it ten years ago. So I decided to re-read this for the fifth time ever as part of a fantasy challenge and to re-familiarise myself with a story I know by heart.
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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'
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Manny
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
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Emir Never
Hear here a tale of yore
Of Hobbit's unlikely adventure
Through a Wizard's wit and guile
Ventured he out of Hole and Hill

Off to the Misty Mountain wild!
Off to the Rivers long and wide!
Off to the Forest dark and deep!
All for the treasures that dwarves seek.

Oh the paths with dangers fraught
Trolls and wolves that need be fought
Spiders weave their nasty work
And goblins all in darkness lurk

Off to the Misty Mountain wild!
Off to the Rivers long and wide!
Off to the Forest dark and deep!
All for the treasu
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Nathan
Oct 01, 2007 Nathan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
Laz
«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.»


This date marks the first time I completed the Middle-Earth Universe, but something tells me there are still many second, third, and fourth times to come. I had read the LOTR trilogy not a year ago because I chose to read LOTR first and then get on wi
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Caris
The Hobbit is one of the few books I started but never finished. I remember opening it on Christmas morning when I was in sixth grade or so. It came in a box set with the Lord of the Rings books. I turned it over in my hands, not sure of what to think. My father thought I’d really like it, as he loved those books as a kid. I wasn’t quite so sure, but I started it anyway. I trudged through the boring words, not remembering any and eventually quitting when the traveling troupe was apprehended by s ...more
Denisse
REREAD: This book gets better and better each time I read it.

There are a million things you can say about Tolkien and his books, and non of them are going to be good enough to describe how good the writting is, how complicated and great his characters are, and how deep his stories can go in a human soul.

A book like no other, with characters like no others, and a lesson that you will never forget.

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Hasta el final de sus días Bilbo no alcanzo a recordar como se encontró fuera, sin sombrero, bastón
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Brad
Finished reading it to the kids tonight. I'll have to write about it tomorrow.

later ... It's been almost two decades since I last read The Hobbit,and the intervening years have not been kind to our relationship. I've reread The Lord of the Rings in that time, and been both dazzled and repulsed by Peter Jackson's screen interpretation of them. I revised my intellectual response to Tolkien, if not my feelings, because of the racism inherent in the Trilogy, then I revised it again because of the se
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Algernon
Jan 11, 2014 Algernon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Algernon by: re-read after seeing the second movie
Shelves: 2014

I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air. I am he that walks unseen.

I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number.

I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water. I came from the end of a bag, but no bag went over me.

I am the friend of the bears and the guest of the eagles. I am Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrell-rider.


Bilbo

Bilbo Baggins, lad
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Tracey, librarian on strike
I guess I'll start my move with my most "like"d review.

My friends list will be seeing this message a lot over the next days and weeks. Sorry.

I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever t
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Shovelmonkey1
Apr 25, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dragons
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
If you had known me as a child you'd have found me in my room, curled in Smaug-like fashion around a giant heaped collection of fantasy novels including Dianne Duane, Terry Pratchett, Tolkien and Lloyd Alexander. (Teen Book Smaug graduated to Stephen King, Dean R Koontz, Wilbur Smith and Shaun Hudson and adult Book Smaug has lost the ability to be discriminating and now just hoards any and all books from Classic Lit to Sci-fi and all stops in between). Anyone attempting to remove a book from the ...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 .

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