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Bilbo Baggins is a reasonably typical hobbit: fond of sleeping, eating, drinking, parties and presents. However, it is his destiny to travel to the dwarflands in the east, to help slay the dragon Smaug. His quest takes him through enchanted forests, spiders' lairs, and under the Misty Mountains, where he comes across the vile Gollum, and tricks him out of his 'Precious' - ...more
Hardcover, Folio Society Slipcased Edition, 245 pages
Published 1997 by The Folio Society (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)
Fatima I was extremely dissapointed. Watching the battle of five armies had me thinkin "what is goin on" throughout the whole movie. I think Del Toro being…moreI was extremely dissapointed. Watching the battle of five armies had me thinkin "what is goin on" throughout the whole movie. I think Del Toro being envolved in the first place is what actually screwed up the hobbit movies, and after he ran off, Jackson had no time to clean up his mess.

Heres a link to peter jackson saying he winged it

Yet I still Blame peter jackson for all the senseless madness that was goin on that was not related to the story at all, and the abused CGI threw me off a cliff, not to mention very poor dialogue writing. The most and only 2 incredible and memorable scenes in all the Hobbit movies in my opinion, are riddles in the dark with bilbo and Gollum, and Smaug vs Bilbo conversation at erebor, the rest lost my interest.

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Jun 02, 2008 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
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,
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
Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 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.

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
Ben Alderson
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
how they made three films out of this impresses me!
Jan 12, 2010 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
Bookdragon 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
Michael Finocchiaro
What makes The Hobbit such a seminal work in the fantasy genre? Is it the nine hours of over-budget, sensorially explosive movies by Peter Jackson? Nope. Is it a complex tale of multiple human kingdoms slaughtering each other for an Iron Throne with buckets of blood and guts and plenty of sex? Nope. Is it simply wonderful writing. As simple and boring as that. Does that mean that I was incredibly disappointed in the movie adaptation (not to say abortion)? Yep. Does that mean I don't love Game of ...more
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book?
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, tolkien, fantasy
The book is almost always better than the movie, and The Hobbit is the prime example of this sentiment.

I have spoken.
Jul 30, 2011 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
Mohammed Arabey
Dec 29, 2012 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 06, 2008 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
Aug 19, 2012 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.

Nov 13, 2013 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
Unpopular opinion time: I don't like The Hobbit.


Before all of you start hating me forever, please, hear me out. I truly respect J. R.R Tolkien. If I'm not mistaken, this was one of the first really popular fantasy books ever written. And fantasy just happens to be my favourite genre. So you can see why I really wanted to like this book. I wanted to like it so much, in fact, that I have tried to read it three times now. But each time, I have had to DNF it.


I love The Lord of the Rings movies. I l
Dec 15, 2008 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
Aug 03, 2012 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
610. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
نمیدانم چندبار این هابیت را خوانده ام، همیشه تا نام بیلبو را میشنوم پرواز میکنم، لابد شمایان هم فیلمش را دیده اید
هابیت - جی.آر.آر. تالکین (پنجره، و ...) ادبیات فانتزی انگلستان
هابیتها گونه ای از موجودات خیالی در رمانهای تالکین هستند که در سرزمین میانه و شایر زندگی میکنند. هابیتها نخستین بار در کتاب هابیت تالکین مطرح شدند. شخصیت اصلی این داستان، بیلبو بگینز هابیتی ست که ماجراهایی دارد. شخصیت اصلی مجموعه ی ارباب حلقه ها، فرودو بگینز نیز یک هابیت است. در کتاب هابیت، تا

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
Whitney Atkinson
DNF at 200 pages.

This is definitely something I'm going to have to return to in the future, but there's a reason why I can't read it now. We're reading LOTR for my fantasy literature class and I had planned to read this before I began FOTR, but I completely forgot and therefore tried to cram it in before starting the book for class. I ended up trying to listen to this as an audiobook as well as read it, but i'm over halfway through the book and i'm now realizing I have no idea what i'm reading.
Miquel Reina
The Hobbit is probably my favorite book of all times. I should meditate a bit more, but for sure it 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 everyo ...more
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
Emily May
Dec 05, 2010 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 :(
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.
May 26, 2010 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
Joe Valdez
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again may be, along with Charlotte's Web, one of the first stories I was conscious of. Published in 1937, I ate up the animated television film produced by Rankin/Bass in 1977 when I was four years old. I wore out a record album children's book of the soundtrack and even took it to school for Show and Tell. My father read each of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy but we agreed that the excitement of The Hobbit was superior to the political machinations of t ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sono così contenta di aver finalmente letto qualcosa di Tolkien! Lo Hobbit é stato un ottimo inizio e l'ho trovato meraviglioso. L'avventura che ha vissuto Bilbo mi ha talmente rapita che sembrava stessi vivendo tutte le loro spiacevoli e, a volte, piacevoli vicende. Inoltre Bilbo l'ho decisamente amato come protagonista, si è rivelato parecchio coraggioso pur essendo un Hobbit! Il finale mi ha lasciato una forte nostalgia dentro perché, ovviamente, c'è dell'amaro nelle ultime pagine e non si pu ...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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