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The Hobbit, Part One

(The Hobbit #1 of 2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  373,722 ratings  ·  633 reviews
Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out onto the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to be sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance!

Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves,
Paperback, 230 pages
Published August 30th 2012 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published September 21st 1937)
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Aishu Rehman
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book for anyone of any age. However, more importantly the message of being willing to face your fears really hits home. I LOVED IT!
Rocco Zeno
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
***The Hobbit is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, the same author responsible for the well known 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. The story takes place in an alternate world of magic and dragons referred to as 'Middle Earth'. Our Main protagonist is a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who loves nothing more than peace and quiet, that is unexpectedly drug on an adventure by a wizard named Gandalf with a group of dwarves. The story takes place on this adventure, and the hardships the group enduress ...more
My first audiobook! The Hobbit is one of my all time favourite books, and I really enjoyed listening to it. The narrator did a fantastic job!
Alexandra Lydia
Aug 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
This may be sacraligeous, but I must say: this book is indulgent in the worst ways. Never have I ever wanted to read an eight pages long description of every bush along a path, and yet that is exactly what Tolkein delivered. This book could be summarized swiftly, and yet it remains a long, painful tale of a hobbit on an adventure. While fantasy, it forces you to experience Bilbo's tale on EXACTLY Tolkein's terms, rather than let you colour in moments with your own imagaination, thus drawing you ...more
Booklander Esmani
I heard the film adaptation of the Lord of The Rings is coming once again. I am excited. So I thought I'll start re-reading my way into this world once again. I forgot how great and incredible writing this book had. ...more
I know people love "the Hobbit", but I couldn't finish the book. I'm not a big fan of fantasy or Sci-Fi books - I prefer watch those stuff as a movie rather than read them. I'll probably watch the trilogy sometime, when I'm in the mood for that. Glad I gave it a chance though, it's good to break your limits, try something new, but I don't believe in reading something just bc everybody else read it and loved it. Every person is different and love other things than his companions and friends, and ...more
Lily McLeod
Apr 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is really the most boring book I’ve ever read.
Normally I love fantasy but I hated this book so much, even though I was actually kinda excited to read it because it sounded interesting but I was disappointed with the first chapter, but I kept reading hoping it would get better but it didn’t
Emma Voelpel
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you heard a weird noise while reading this book, that was me chewing the bed out of sheer boredom, good book though
Robert Parsons
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I watched the film first. I thought the film was long but there is so much more in the book.
I had to take notes so I didn't lose where I was. A great book though and I love Lord of The Rings
Tasmina Arin
Why, oh, why I didn’t read this beautiful book earlier? It could have turned so many of my bad days into a gorgeous one! 🥀
Love it with my whole book-clogged heart!
Andrea Sirois
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was not much of a fantasy reader (let me say again, WAS not) and I was recommended this book.
It is definitely a book a child could read, I got it done pretty quickly. Not only because of how cute/interesting the story is, but I could just not put it down! Everytime I would stop reading it for the day, I'd look forward to the next because you never knew what was going to happen. The characters are perfect, the story line flows- it is just a genuinely good book for anyone to read.
Murtaza Kuwarawala
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Finally, after a long time started with Hobbit. The first part of the story deals with how a hobbit named Bilbo befriends certain dwarves and starts on an adventure of a lifetime. The second part takes on the new twists and turns which would ultimately lead the base for the book LOTR. Though a Children's book, this book hooks you unto it like a charm. Do not miss it if you can. ...more
Millie Hodgson
May 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
this book was sooooooo old-fashioned so it got really boring
Isobelle Sevrance
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tons of fun to read ace book👍
Cynthia Young
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the audio version
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Feb 09, 2022 rated it liked it
Love the setting of Bag End and yes I do compare it to the film. I think the many dwarves would be hard to remember if I didn't know the faces from the film version.

If honest I felt this dragged for me and not sure why as I really like the films but 3/5 for me.
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love the book. It is a book of adventure, sorrow and happiness
Mar 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
Read this as a child and didn't enjoy, so thought I'd give it a go as an adult..... Still didn't enjoy😂
Found it boring. Sorry to all the fans out there.
Paul Skarda
Dec 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
Dragon was hot.
Did not like it when they killed him.
Toluwa Ojeniyi
May 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
Read this for the first time after several years of its existence but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narration is very clear and simple but not so much as to make the reading dull. Can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series!
Jan 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
Very great book but sometimes a bit complicated. I think that everyone should read this beautiful book :)
David Dustin
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There’s a lot to like about this one. The adventure is fun, it’s rich in themes, the character change in Bilbo is awesome to track, and the world is very thoroughly built. Definitely an easier read than Lord of the Rings.

I see Greed as the main antagonist. Smaug is marked by it, it pits Thorin against his friends and family, and it causes the battle of the five armies. Ultimately, I think everyone needs a little more Bilbo Baggins in them.

Final Verdict: Bilbo’s savage riddle about 20+ “horses” (
Nawid Adelyar
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I picked this book up from a book store in Coventry and decided to give it a go as a way to keep myself entertained during busy exam season. I wanted to try my luck at fiction books and heard have heard that the books by Tolkien are great. Had I really enjoyed this book, I would have been prepared to read the rest of the Lord of The Rings books, but I am not so sure having finished The Hobbit and feeling dissatisfied.

The book started off nicely and I was engaged with most of the first half. Afte
BookDragon DeSanjorgs
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So it might sound cheesy and too late to review this book and say it's so amazingly built world which it is. But I won't be just saying this is a good read just to go with the crowd. I'm saying it's a good read because it has flowing writing. Though I must also admit that the book has a lot of descriptions of settings and the world, and at times it might feel too much. But I didn't have any problem with those. Because whenever that happened, I put it down and reached for other books in my to-be- ...more
Ethan Villanueva
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bilbo Baggins lives a quiet, peaceful life in his comfortable hole at Bag End. Bilbo lives in a hole because he is a hobbit one of a race of small, plump people about half the size of humans, with furry toes and a great love of good food and drink. Bilbo is quite content at Bag End, near the bustling hobbit village of Hobbiton, but one day his comfort is shattered by the arrival of the old wizard Gandalf, who persuades Bilbo to set out on an adventure with a group of thirteen militant dwarves. T ...more
Le Le
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I thought it was a really nice book. It all started with the wizard Gandalf bringing some dwarves to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins' doorstep. They wind up in an adventure for gold, something Bilbo has never done once in his sheltered life. During their journey, some of the dangers they encounter are trolls and goblins, but aided by Gandalf's friends and acquaintances like the eagles, they survive the journey. Now I'm still not sure what's going to happen next, I'm still not finished reading it. ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Does this really need a review?

The story is pretty enjoyable & easy to follow through & ends right after they escape an elven King.
Unlike other Tolkien, it is less descriptive in comparison & probably will be really enjoyed by children & adults alike. The language is also simple, yet creates these beautiful worlds.

Looking forward to reading part 2.
Abi Collins
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Kinda disappointed, ngl. I expected great things from this book, yet it wasn’t that entertaining. It was an effort to finish tbh and I got very bored.
Bella Bean
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Most every child dreams of embarking on some fantastical adventure; meeting odd creatures, fighting dragons, finding treasure, and saving the day are what fuel those visionaries feeling stuck in their reality. Bilbo Baggins is quite a different visionary, however, as even the idea of leaving his comfortable hobbit-hill causes a shudder through his unadventurous body. But called on an adventure he is, quested by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, and set to accompany 13 bold dwarves for revenge of thei ...more
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien: writer, artist, scholar, linguist. Known to millions around the world as the author of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien spent most of his life teaching at the University of Oxford where he was a distinguished academic in the fields of Old and Middle English and Old Norse. His creativity, confined to his spare time, found its outlet in fantasy works, stories for children, p ...more

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