This is the story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected…
‘A flawless masterpiece’
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 a 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.
‘One of the best loved characters in English fiction… a marvellous fantasy adventure’
‘Finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls… an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, working up to a devastating climax’
‘A flawless masterpiece’
‘The greatest children’s book ever written… Funny, frightening, dense with detail and gloriously vivid, it is the one adventure story every eight-year-old should have.’
Amanda Craig, The Times
‘The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and those who are going to read them.’
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.
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
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.
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.