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Publisher Description

Read the definitive edition of Bilbo Baggins’ adventures in middle-earth in this classic bestseller behind this year’s biggest movie.

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar.

Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of Five Armies are just some of the adventures that befall Bilbo.

Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children’s fiction. Written by Professor Tolkien for his own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when published.


‘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

About the author

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
April 20
Harper Collins Canada Limited

Customer Reviews

Grayowl ,

The Hobbit

As this is the first book I have ever read because it was accessible for I am disabled. It is a joy to have the opportunity to have text to speech software on the iPad and that apple and Harper Collins have for sight to be inclusive with there e-book unlike the other companies that have apps and sell books. I can't really explain in words what it is like enjoy what someone has to say and what their thoughts are about. Thank you

jameslhuffman ,

Amazing story

Wonderful tale for young and old. I have never been into fantasy books, but after prodding from friends, I gave in and am so glad I did.

7ty7 ,

Wanted to read before the movie

Quite surprised actually I've read all the LOTR trilogy and people said this was slow but I couldn't put it down. Great read if you haven't read it yet.

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