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on 22 March 1998
Knowing the author, is there more to say? The beginning sci-fi/fantasy reader will become absorbed in THE HOBBIT's easy to follow storyline. The enormous detail can become cumbersome, but is easily skipped. Once you've read it and loved it, you can read it again and again over the years and each time find something you missed which adds to the richness of the story. You'll never be satisfied without knowing the fate of the ring and thus will follow the same patterns as you read THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS trilogy. Even further still, return to the story of the dwarves in the SILMARILLION. You will NEVER tire of these stories!
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on 19 March 1998
I loved it. This is for all Tolkien fans out there. This is for anyone who loves to get lost in the tales Tolkien entwines in your mind. Close your eyes and listen. You will find yourself in another world. Let your mind wonder on a journey through times forgotten, fighting monsters and finding treasures. I Reccomend this book for anyone, young or old, who enjoys a wonderful fantasy adventure. Again, Bravo to Tolkien and his wonderful tales!!!!
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on 22 March 1998
Imagine a world of majic and beauty, Imagine a world where you can see dragons sweep accross the sky, Imagine the world of the Hobbit. This is truly one of the most beautiful stories there is to hear. J.R.R.Tolkien takes you on a wild and wonderous ride with trolls, and elves, with singing and laughter and the hopes we often leave behind at childhood. A must for all fantasy fans, and a good place to start for others.
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on 18 March 1998
Never before has the world of J.R.R. Tolkien been so expertly explored. A classic for young and old alike, this new set captures the magic of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and allows you to fully sink into this realm of magic and fantasy. Well worth any effort or time. A must buy!
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on 23 March 1998
To me, The Hobbit is an extrodinary tale of a small, un-adventerous hobbit, named Bilbo Baggins, who's own self pride led him into an expedition that would change his life. When 13 dwarves came to his house and asked him to come on an adventure to get back their long lost gold, he refused. While he was getting food for them, he overheard them calling them cowardly and unworthy of their expedition. This brought out a rare, brave part of him. He accepted their request to accompany them on their journey. On many occasions in their expedition, he regretted the new found bravado that got him into this great mess, but at the end of it he knew it was for the better. He had gone from being a timid hobbit who considered a stroll through the woods an adventure, to facing fears and dangers that he before would not even try to comrehend. This book had a dazzling choice of words and a great description of the characters a strange world called the Middle Earth. He was very imaginative in his ability to create such creatures as the ones he did.I thought the most creative were Smeagol(Gollum), aa evil, cave-dwelling creature who was a distant relative of hobbits, and Beorn, a very tall, strong man who at will could transform himself into a big grizzly bear. Every activity in the book, Tolkein really showed the emotion that each character was feeling. He also expressed the suspense that in each action that made a new twist in the road (which was almost every action). It was a very suprising and well-written story that I would recommend, and have, to anyone who asked about it. For all these reasons I gave it the second highest score I could give it. I didn't give it a ten because to me no book is perfect. The Fellowship of the Rings,despite all the similarities of Tolkein's strong wording and imaginitive new and old characters, was quite different. This classic beginning of the epic Lord of the Rings Trilogy tells of the first part of Frodo Baggins, Bilbo's nephew, as the bearer of a magic ring. He must destroy the ring to stop the evil wizard Sauronfrom taking over. Like the rest of J.R.R. Tolkein books was very well worded and had very good description. I enjoyed reading this book almost more than The Hobbit. They both had a lot of adventure, but I think I liked this book so much because of the significance that Frodo played in the story. If it wasn't for the birth of Frodo, the whole Middle Earth would have fallen under the rule of Sauron. Everyone would be slaves under him and there would not be one happy dwarf, elf hobbil, goblin, or even dragon throughout the whole Middle Earth. I would recommend this book just as much if not more than The Hobbit. I gave it a nine because it is one of the Top Five books that I have ever read.
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on 23 March 1998
One of the greatest children's books and the beginning of the best work of fantasy ever written read aloud by the author himself; what could be better? Introduce these classics to your kids on a long drive in the car. Listen to them yourself while you're soaking in the bathtub. Truly luxurious, in any case. Discover or rediscover, what a fabulous addition to your music cassettes.
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