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.
In time for the release of the second installment in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy comes Tolkien scholar Douglas A. Anderson's The Annotated Hobbit: Revised and Expanded Edition. Anderson has incorporated much new information unearthed since the book first appeared in 1988. National author tour.
The foundation of fantasy
Of course, we all know the story of the Hobbit and the brilliance of the J.R.R Tolkien’s work. I am embarrassed to say(considering my love of fantasy), it has taken me to the age of 38 to actually read the book, having only watched the films. I was enthralled in the quirky prose, unrivalled world building and character description. Good or evil, I could visualise and understand their traits. I am off to read the rest of the series and feel I better understand how the film(s) origins were borne from an epic fantasy saga.
An amazing read.