A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
“A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts.” – New York Times Book Review
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This masterpiece of fantasy world-building has something for everyone, from tweens to university professors. Hobbits are a short, furry-footed people who much prefer the comforts of home to embarking on exciting adventures. That is, until cozy homebody Bilbo Baggins is recruited by a wizard and his burly crew of dwarves on their quest to slay a menacing dragon. The thrilling journey that unfurls from the moment they step out of Bilbo’s round door is absolutely enchanting, as the unlikely crew tangles with everything from talking eagles to giant spiders. But what makes J.R.R. Tolkien’s first Middle-earth tale so memorable is his charming, lyrical writing, which transports you right into this world of menacing goblins and magical rings. If you only know the story from the films, Tolkien’s straightforward storytelling will feel remarkably fast-paced as this timeless adventure races toward its sword-clashing climax.
A delightful comforting read
When I imagine curling up with a book by a fire, this is the book I imagine it to be. One of the most quintessential novels full of elves and dwarves and dragons.
The best book I ever read