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J.R.R. Tolkien's Bilbo Baggins is one of the most beloved characters in modern literature. In many ways, the author was the model for his humble hobbit hero: he was fond of books, smoked his pipe, and enjoyed his homely comforts as much as Bilbo ever did. For the first time, this unique guide explores the magic and creativity behind Tolkien s bestselling story from a histo ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by John Wiley & Sons
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Sara
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I received this book through Goodreads first reads in exchange for an honest review.

This book tells you the history for the Hobbit. It parallels the Middle Ages with Middle-earth.

I found a lot of things that I never knew before. It is a quick read. It is broken down into parts, so you can read as much or little at a time as you want.
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Dec 01, 2014 marked it as to-read
Omg no way! I love The Hobbit, I would kill to have this book! I can not wait until the movie comes out.
Garrett Escandel
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has 300 pages and was written by J.R.R. Tolkien. It starts off as a dragon attacking the city. A man was in jail begging to get out but nobody heard because they were fleeing. He finally shredded his shirt and braided it into a long rope with a loop in the end of it. It caught hold of the king's neck and broke the wall of the jailcell. He then grabbed a bow and a set of arrows. While this was going on, his kids were worrying about their dad dying in the jail cell. As they come down the ...more
Leslie
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I should have liked this book more than I did. I love Tolkien, though I prefer LOTR to The Hobbit, and I love history. And theoretically any book that is a compendium of pieces by different authors should have parts you like and parts you don't care so much for, but regardless of the amount of information provided (and there was quite a bit - the only reason for the 3-star rating, because otherwise it would be two), I found this book stultifyingly dry and dull throughout and had to force myself ...more
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The Hobbit and History explores the use of early medieval and myths from that period and earlier to set up events and other factors in the Hobbit. Some medieval recipes are presented as examples of the historical factors. A well referenced read that ties history with fantasy. This was a free review copy from Turner Publishing.
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I write a lot about pop culture and history. I co-edited The Hobbit and History and Star Wars and History along with contributing chapters on Carlisle Cullen to Twilight and History (2010) and chapters on women/witches and the government of the wizarding world to Harry Potter and History (2011). I've also published on
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