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The Hobbit [Paperback]

J. R. R. Tolkien
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,802 customer reviews)

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Book Description

30 Aug 2012

The classic bestseller behind this year’s biggest movie, this film tie-in edition features the complete story of Bilbo Baggins’ adventures in Middle-earth, with a striking cover image from Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and drawings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End.

But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…

The prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth century.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Film tie-in edition edition (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007487282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007487288
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,802 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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‘One of the best loved characters in English fiction… a marvellous fantasy adventure’
Daily Mail

‘Finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls… an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, working up to a devastating climax’
The Observer

‘A flawless masterpiece’
The Times

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The most successful of all Tolkien titles, The Hobbit has been translated into over 30 languages, with estimated sales of nearly 100 million copies. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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163 of 183 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated 5 Jan 2002
I decided to invest in this classic but I wasn't sure which edition to buy; the boxed set or the one book. I love hardback books, especially slightly oversized and I'm glad I decided to buy this one. The dust cover advertises the beautiful illustrations inside. It also has embossed gold foil writing and at the top and bottom the foil backed Runes. The bottle green hardback is gold embossed on the spine, and depicts in gold the Smaug (dragon) on the front. Inside you will find at the front Thror's map and at the back a map of Wilderland, to guide you through the journey of the heroes, whilst reading the book.
The pages are generously sized, clear and beautifully illustrated with Alan Lee's drawings in pencil and full colour throughout (I wish it had the old tissue paper covering the illustrations of bygone days!). There is also a Lord of the Rings edition in the same format. It is beneficial to read the Hobbit before the Lord of the Rings.
The Hobbit describes the adventures of a friendly, roughly 3 foot 6 hobbit called Bilbo. He is volunteered into an adventure beyond the scope of most hobbit's lives by a kindly old family friend, Gandalf the wizard. His journey is also initiated and accompanied by fourteen dwarves. Bilbo's contract is to steal the treasure back for the dwarves, stolen and held by Smaug the Magnificent. Smaug is a large and very perilous dragon. Bilbo even surprises himself by becoming a hero, despite his slight size. This is an enchanting book; Tolkien has a rare gift in creating books which capture the imagination of any age. It is beautifully written, comical, imagination stretching but with the skillfulness of convincing the reader that the story is factual and passing over a great empathy, tugging at the reader's heartstrings over the adventure's endearing characters. A must read book.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet 29 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Misc. Supplies
As audio books go, this does an excellent job, since such a book, I imagine, would prove very difficult to adapt into another media type since everyone who has read the book has a different perception, for example, of what a goblin or what a hobbit looks like, or more relevantly, sounds like.
It has an extremely able and experienced cast, which includes internationally acclaimed actors such as Alec Guiness, which provides and adds to the quality of this production.
I am one who grew up with Tolkien's books, and this audio book strengthened and extended my already preconceived ideas about the contents of Middle Earth, as it gave me an idea of the music and the way in which people spoke.
Above all, this audio book gave me a new insight into the world of Tolkien, and does an amazing job in keeping the themes of the book clear and strong, and remains loyal to its contents throughout.
This is a fantastic adaption of the breathtaking book, and every Tolkien fan must have it, but so should anyone who simply just wants a good audio book to listen to.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very big adventure 17 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
The respectable Mr Bilbo Baggins, was extremely content and comfortable in his cosy little hobbit hole. He really didn't want an adventure so the wizard, Gandalf, had to trick him into joining the party of dwarves and helping them to recover their kingdom and their treasure from the dragon, Smaug. It was a dark and dangerous quest that took them through the realms of elves, orcs, eagles, a skin-changer, giant spiders and men, via mountains, caves and forests. Bilbo lost his buttons and his handkerchiefs but he found an amazing ring, made some wonderful life-long friends and learned what sort of person he was - not timid after all, but brave, hardy and resourceful when in a tight spot.
It's been one of my favourite stories since I first heard it, many years ago. It was read to our class in about 1961. Since then I've read it several times, listened to the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of it, listened to Martin Shaw's excellent abridged reading and now I've listened to this unabridged reading by Rob Inglis. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's true that this version does seem to have been read with the younger listener in mind, but I didn't find the character voices excessively exaggerated. It's a matter of personal taste, where you draw the line, of course. I will certainly listen to both the Rob Inglis (for the full story, beautifully told) and Martin Shaw (for a more adult orientated reading) audiobooks again and again. The BBC dramatisation (this is where I draw the line) is aimed squarely at the youngest audience however, and I would not want to listen to that production again. I've also listened to Rob Inglis reading the unabridged audiobook of Lord of the Rings, where he employs a more serious tone.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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This is the timeless classic of J.R.R. Tolkiens' 'The Hobbit', the story is a timeless tale of Hobbits, wizards, Dwarves and dragons. The tale will keep you entertained for years. The added bonus of this pack is the C.D. of Tolkien reading the first encounter with Gollum. This is just wonderful as you start to imagine what Tolkien was creating, and the different charcters' actions within the book. The extras also include an illustrated map, and limited postcards which are colourful and excluive to this pack. I recommend this pack to all collectors of Tolkien, but also to new commers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I know this will get me in trouble
I am an avid reader and tend to prefer the books over film adaptations. However, this is the first book I've read where I have actually preferred the film (sorry hard core fans!). Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Ophalump
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable high fantasy.
The Hobbit is a book better suited to younger readers but I thoroughly enjoyed it regardless. The characters are somewhat thin but the stars here are the creatures and locations... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Eoin O' Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all
This is the book that you can read time and time again and still find it totally absorbing
It should be part of our children's early reading
Published 1 day ago by M. R. John Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Hobbit
The Jackson fillm is okay but not a patch on the film in my head. They did well with LotR but not with the Hobbit. So, I read the book again - which was a lot cheaper. Read more
Published 1 day ago by D Deacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Just finished reading this book it's absolutely great:
An amazing book by J.R.R Tolkien an absolute masterpiece I would definitely recommend this to anybody as it has a good... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Allyson D Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fond of this story
Love reading this book as I'm sure many others will. Parts can be hard going but really is worth a read!
Published 4 days ago by miss n a styles
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad
It just didn't do anything for me. It was a long boring read like the rest of Tolkiens books. Like lord of the rings i preferred the movie.
Published 4 days ago by Flying sleuth
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Bought this as I quite literally read my actual book to death with the amount of times I read it. Recently bought a Kindle so this was always going to be on my list as you can take... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill'
First read this as a child and must have read it 8 or 9 times (probably more really) since - I'm now 50(!) Just had to have it on my iPad!! Read more
Published 6 days ago by Fi-Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
An excellent book and I thoroughly enjoyed the tales. I would highly recommend toys book to anyone who loves adventures.
Published 8 days ago by Alex
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