The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

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The definitive edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's most beloved book, sporting a facsimile of his original cover design and complete with colour plates of his own paintings, brand new reproductions of all his drawings, and colour versions of both maps.

Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services - as a burglar - on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo's life is never to be the same again.

Seldom has any book been so widely read and loved as JRR Tolkien's classic tale, The Hobbit. Since its first publication in 1937 it has remained in print to delight each new generation of readers all over the world, and its hero, Bilbo Baggins, has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals: Alice, Pooh, Toad...

Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 1995, c1990
ISBN: 9780261103283
Branch Call Number: FIC Tolki 3558ad 1
Characteristics: ix, 271 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,23 cm
Alternative Title: Hobbit
There and back again


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LiteratureStudent Oct 17, 2017

So much fun to read a story of an unadventurous introvert being brought along on an adventure with fun and loveably odd characters to epic lands on a tremendous adventure. You come to love every moment of the story as much as the main character eventually does.

AL_RACHEL Oct 13, 2017

Bilbo Baggins is a lovable curmudgeon if I've ever seen one. It was an honor to travel with him as he faced his anxiety, pushed through his mountains of reluctance, and found out how green the grass really was on the other side.

Aug 04, 2017

Classic book- a great and thrilling read!

Jul 15, 2017

this was one of the best books of all time and i read it once a year. when i first read it i liked it so much i read it three times. if you have not read it you have to read it at least

Jun 15, 2017

This is an awesome book! Tolkien's writing makes the string very easy to visualize.

May 15, 2017

It is really good book to read. I am big fan of Lord of the rings and the hobbit movies and wanted to read books. This is really great story. The only thing i didn't like in this particular copy is the text. It is not really good font or the spacing is bad but as far as story goes it is as awesome as the movies.

May 13, 2017

absolutely wonderful

Apr 25, 2017

I would tell you every wonderful thing about this book, but that would be impossible. Let's just say I love this book dearly, it being my first introduction to the wonderful works of J.R.R. Tolkien. His writing is impossibly good, and Bilbo Baggins is one of the most likable characters in all fantasy. Gollum is pretty cool, too. He might be my favorite character, actually. Riddles In The Dark is definitely my favorite chapter, for certain reasons. :) The ending is really sad, though. Anyway, the point of this rambling comment is to say: this book is AMAZING and you have to read it at least once in your life (or else!)

Bilbo Baggins, an introverted hobbit, is forced on an adventure with dwarves and a wizard. This book takes you to a faraway land full of magic and adventure. - Emerson, Teen Volunteer

Dec 08, 2016

This book was very good. A long-time children's classic that somehow astonishes and mystifies the reader with it brunt style and beautiful diction. It was pretty much like the three movies, minus the pale orc guy and the in-depth relationship between Kili and the girl elf (none of which were specifically mentioned), but all the same it was wonderful to actually <i> read </i> this story. I loved it and Bilbo, especially how much he grows throughout the tale. I have yet to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy but I have made certain to note the sword named Sting, the elf-prince's magic mail, and above all the mysterious and curiously powerful Ring.
Great story, love Beorn so much more know.

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Jul 17, 2017

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
One of the more famous literary openings - for good reason.

Jul 17, 2017

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world - Thorin Oakenshield

Jul 17, 2017

Alive without breath,
As cold as death,
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail, never clinking. - Gollum/Smeagol

May 15, 2017

Where there's life there's hope

Jun 14, 2016

"Never laugh at live dragons,Bilbo you fool!"-Bilbo Baggins.

Aug 02, 2015

"Do you wish me a good morning, or you mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not;..."

Jul 15, 2015

Fruity laughs

SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

Mar 17, 2015

"Blunt the knives, bend the forks,
Smash the bottles and burn the corks!
Chip the glasses and crack the plates,
That's what Bilbo Baggins hates!"
(Movie Quote, but I love the book and the movie all the same)

Jan 04, 2014

"It likes riddles ... does it?" Gollum

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Oct 12, 2015

Bilbo Baggins, a very unsuspecting Hobbit, suddenly finds himself going on an adventure to reclaim a dwarf's treasure! Along with thirteen other dwarves and a famous wizard, Bilbo crosses the land to the east, to the Desolation of Smaug, and robs from the great dragon Smaug, who is guarding the long lost treasure.


Dec 20, 2014

A hobbit takes a trip..with thirteen dwarves and a wizard to a mountain far away to restore the treasure to the dwarves. But what is the treasure? Gold or undying fellowship?

Aug 17, 2014

Bilbo is an interesting hobbit. He goes on an adventure to the lonely mountain. He goes with several dwarves and a wizard. Its a wonderful book to read.

Aug 17, 2014

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who, at the beginning, never went on an adventure but that all changes when a wizard carves a sign on his door. Bilbo and 13 dwarves go on an expedition to claim back what was theirs. In this book there will be many ups and downs, spiders and goblins. Will they reclaim what was theirs?

Jun 26, 2014

Bilbo Baggins, is a hobbit that enjoys the simple beaties of life such as food and smoking. However one simple visit from Gandolf changes Bilbo's life forever. Join Bilbo, Thorin, the Company of the Dwarves and Gandolf as they set of to slay a dragon, and take back what belongs to the dwarves, the Lonely Mountain.

May 28, 2013

bilbo bagins goes in a amezing journey the one he will find something that later on will start a war.

A great book to read first if you want to read more of Tolkien's Works. This is Bilbo's story of Adventure with the dwarves to reclaim their treasure in the Lonely Mountain. The come across many a foe-but Bilbo learns he is quite brave and stronger than he originally thought.

lms May 27, 2008

"Bilbo Baggins, a respectable well-to -do hobbit lives comfortably in his hobbit hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return." (Novelist Review)


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Jan 02, 2013

Other: How could anyone say that this book is a waste of time?!?!?! I've never regretted reading a Tolkien book! Not only is The Hobbit great, but so are all of the other books by Tolkien! If you liked The Hobbit you MUST read Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion!

Dec 06, 2012

Other: Don't listen to fearlessforever! This is not a time waster! It is one of the best books ever!

Mar 21, 2012

Other: The Hobbit is amazing!! It is definitely not a waste of time!

PrinceBishop Nov 26, 2011

Other: One of the best books ever. Waste lots of time on it!

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