- Series: The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings the Hobbit
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; Revised edition (July 12, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345339681
- ISBN-13: 978-0345339683
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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From the Inside Flap
THE GREATEST FANTASY EPIC OF OUR TIME
Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo-alone and unaided-who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside . . .
This stirring adventure fantasy begins the tale of the hobbits that was continued by J.R.R. Tolkien in his bestselling epic "The Lord of the Rings.
From the Back Cover
THE LORD OF THE RINGS IS SOON TO BE AN EPIC MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY FROM NEW LINE CINEMA
Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse, unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo -- alone and unaided -- who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside...
THIS STIRRING ADVENTURE FANTASY BEGINS THE TALE OF THE HOBBITS THAT WAS CONTINUED BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN IN HIS BESTSELLING EPIC THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
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There's really not much I can say here that hasn't already been said. The Kindle Version is JUST like the old tattered paper back I have in my bookshelf (I actually purchased the deluxe set to replace said tattered copy). I'm really glad I have this as apart of my kindle library! It definitely held up to the paper back and kept the magic of Tolkien with little to no changes in the editing.
It arrived on time as promised and was in perfect condition so no problem with the shipping so I have no problem ordering from this vendor again.
It's been a few years since I read this book and my eyesight is getting worse as the years go by so I went ahead and bought the regular sized version.
I was hoping to find one with a new jacket design like the the other Tolkien books that are being re-released but the original jacket is just fine nonetheless.
I would love to get a novelized version of the Peter Jackson movies to add to the collection. I know some Tolkien purists believe this would be sacrilege but I love what Peter and Phillipa did with the source material to make these movies.
I loved this book. It is set in a large, detailed, and lore-filled world that made me feel like I was there while I was reading it. The book also has many likable characters.
The Hobbit starts out showing the life of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit. A hobbit is much like a human. The differences between a human and a hobbit is that a hobbit only stands about 4 feet tall, and all hobbits have long and curly hair. One day while minding his own business, a wizard he knows named Gandalf the Gray shows up with a party of 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield. While everyone eats dinner at Bilbo’s house, he finds out that Gandalf volunteered him to help in their quest to retake their home in the lonely mountain, which was taken from them by the dragon Smaug. Bilbo initially declines the offer to join the party, but changes his mind the day after they leave, and he catches up with them. The group embarks on a long journey through the misty mountains and mirkwood forest, making enemies and allies along they way.
This book introduces many characters. Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit who like nothing more than staying in the comfort of his own home and smoking his pipe. These qualities become evident throughout his adventure, as he grows very homesick. Perhaps his best quality is his courage, which shows, as he sticks by everyone until the very end. Gandalf is also a great character. He is a 5,000 year old wizard, and throughout those 5,000 years he has grown very wise and powerful. He knows all the ropes of Middle Earth, and is always there to offer some wisdom or fatherly advice.
The author, J.R.R. Tolkien has a somewhat lighthearted and quirky way of writing. He always takes the time to explain things in the story. He also has built up one of the best fantasy worlds in all of literature, and has a way in his writing that makes your feel like you’re there.
The Hobbit (and also Lord of the Rings) is set in a land called Middle Earth. It is filled with forests, mountains, and fantasy creatures of all types. Middle Earth is a fantasy world, and, like other similar fantasy worlds, everything is somewhat primitive. While there are big and beautiful structures and cities in Middle Earth, there are no technology or electricity. The main races; elves, dwarves, and mortal men, all have unique cultures.
In conclusion, I believe that The Hobbit is absolutely worth reading. It is a fantastic journey of bravery, friendship and courage, that is set in a beautiful, massive, and lore filled world. Perhaps the best part is that it is just the beginning of The Lord of the Rings, an even bigger and amazing story.
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With these words we are introduced to Middle Earth. The Hobbit is a timeless classic, which is a tale of Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.
This book was written in 1937 and even today it is a best seller all over the world. The way Tolkien narrates the story you will know he is a master of his trade right away from the first page. This book started it all, the Lord of the rings, Simarillion, Beren and Luthien, Children of Hurin and the multi-million dollar industry. But at it's heart this is a simple children's story which Tolkien wrote for his own children and that's why it works.
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As others have mentioned, the first edition of The Hobbit is not within most folks budget and so I was quite excited to see this offered many years ago. I'm not sure I am going to actual pore over it and check to see what the differences between the first edition and subsequent ones (Rateliff's The History of the Hobbit does that). But just to look at it and page through it is worth the purchase price.
It is a wonderful addition to my bookcase!
Having watched the three Hobbit films a few years back, and having only a vague recollection of their events, I was unsure what to expect when I started this book, needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love reading classical literature that has this beautiful old-timey English and the Hobbit was no exception, the wonder and pureness of it never fails to transport me into days gone by.
Bilbo is a funny, likeable character who’s thoughts actions and conversations are so wonderfully innocent that I immediately fell in love with him. His character evolution throughout the book made reading this a true delight. My only complaint is that I didn’t read this sooner.
It really isn’t difficult to see why this book became a classic and I honestly believe that regardless of your age, knowledge of middle-earth or affinity for the fantasy genre, there’s something that everyone can take away from reading this.
The Hobbit is divided into nineteen short, episodic chapters, each satisfying in its own right, but each also whetting appetites for the next. And it's very much written not so much for the eye as for the ear. It has a wonderfully rich cast of characters with very different voices - the hobbit himself, the wizard Gandalf, dwarves, elves, men, a shapeshifting were-bear, eagles, wolves, giant spiders, trolls, goblins, the creepy Gollum and the wily dragon Smaug. Yet more diversity of tone is provided by the songs that variegate the prose. If you're the kind of parent who likes to send the children off to bed with a story, Tolkien has given you the perfect script - his ingenuity takes even the least actorly Mums and Dads and turns them into Streeps and Day-Lewises.
But what kind of tale is it, this 75-year-old classic? My list of monsters must have made it sound terrifying or even horrific, but rest assured, it isn't. It's what Hollywood would call an action comedy hybrid. Many of the baddies that the brave little hobbit encounters are almost as absurd as they are sinister, so that the scariness of the narrative is regularly tempered by amusement. Be warned, though, that the story does have an underlying seriousness. The hobbit does need to gradually grow in courage as his quest proceeds; he is confronted by a grave moral crisis; and not all of his companions escape the dangers of their adventure with their lives.
This hardcover edition includes Tolkien's own illustrations, some in colour, some black and white, and is to my mind almost the most desirable of all - my favourite of favourites being Harper's gorgeous slipcased de luxe edition, The Hobbit, in which Tolkien's monochrome art has been sensitively colourized. Alternatives include an edition with lavish colour paintings by Alan Lee, one of the concept artists who contributed to Peter Jackson's Tolkien movies (The Hobbit), and a luxurious edition published by the Folio Society and illustrated in stylish monochrome by Eric Fraser (The Hobbit or "There and Back Again"). Also, Bilbo's Last Song includes a series of Hobbit vignettes painted in jewel-like colours by Tolkien's own favourite illustrator, the late, great Pauline Baynes. There and Back Again: The Map of Tolkien's Hobbit is another gorgeous companion to the book that any Hobbit-lover would delight in.
I had never heard this audio rendering of the book, and looked forward very much to hearing it.
The production was actually recovered from an amateur tape recording of the original. The master copy having been wiped by the BBC some time following its original broadcast on radio. This explains the slightly sub-par quality of the audio - although it has to be said, it is still quite listenable.
Acting and casting is extremely good for the most part, with Paul Daneman as Bilbo and John Justin as Thorin Oakenshield being especially entertaining.
Unfortunately I personally feel that Heron Carvic as Gandalf does let the side down somewhat. His voice is rather meek, and not the dominant, masterful tones one might expect from such a commanding character in the story. He also seems to struggle with his lines at times, and just doesn't quite match up to the other cast members' performances. This is a real shame.
The narrative music is written and performed in a medieval style, which is refreshing and feels very authentic, but it is used too repetitively to book-end each section of the story, and it does begin to grate after a while. Not a major criticism, but something which could have been done somewhat better.
Most of the human, elf and dwarf voices are portrayed naturally as one might expect. However, the non-human voices (eagles, trolls, goblins and spiders) are heavily modified with some kind of frequency modulation of the type obviously employed by the Dr Who production team. As a result, all of these characters tend to come across as 'variations on a Dalek' which detracts greatly from their performances, and makes them difficult to understand. It is also rather harsh, and begins to grate on the ear after a while.
In summary then, a well produced script and excellent acting from most of the cast, let down by some very dated sound effects and mis-cast Gandalf.
No doubt in its day it was a cutting edge production. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to it, and I fear many modern day fans of the book will be somewhat disappointed.
Certainly worth a listen, but I'm not sure whether you'll want to re-visit it often.
Sitting and listening while stuck in traffic was bliss, being read to was comforting and calming and, well, I get to enjoy books again.
My husband has said he will listen to it (he does enjoy spoken word in the car) and personally I can't wait for my son to be able to enjoy it (at 4 he is a little young to understand it all).
The thing with Tolkien, at least for me will always be about taking me back to the magic of childhood, the fantacy world and creatures and the adventure, it will always be a classic and for people who can't manage or are unable to read the books, this is the next best thing to enjoy this timeless classic
So I began by downloading the Kindle edition and started, as did Bilbo, in 'a hole in the ground' in which the story begins. I was introduced to Gandalf again and met, as did Bilbo, his dwarf companions on his unexpected journey, one by one. I set out into the unknown as if it was the first time reading it again and found that I loved it just as much as I had the first time around. In fact, I think I love The Hobbit more now than when I first picked it up all those years ago as I have, since then, read its sequel and know how much hinges on seemingly insignificant events in this beautiful story.
Tolkien is a master storyteller and his use of language is exquisite. The Hobbit was my first introduction to Tolkien and his wonderful world of Middle Earth. Charming, with more depth than perhaps given credit for on first reading, The Hobbit is sure to capture your heart and fire your imagination.
Tolkien can be ponderous at times but is far less so in The Hobbit than in The Lord of the Rings. In this book it's the Dwarves that sing, not the Elves. Tolkien does like his songs.
Bilbo embraces his adventurous side and sets out on the quest to reclaim treasure from the dragon Smaug. The book charts his encounters and the events along the way. It's a time of turmoil in Middle Earth, the era before the dominion of Men. There are dangers at every turn for a young Hobbit. He has his blade, Sting, taken from a troll hoard, and his wits to protect him.
The Hobbit was so successful in 1937 that Tolkien was asked to write a sequel and so was born the Lord of the Rings.
The Hobbit is a far easier read than LOTR and a child can make short work of it, but it is by no means exclusively a children's book. Readers of all generations will enjoy this book and it will be passed on from one generation to the next as a worthy way to absorb some literature.