The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

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Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
Edition: First Mariner books edition, 75th anniversary edition
ISBN: 9780547928227
054792822X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tol
Description: 300 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: There and back again

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Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

Timid Bilbo Baggins is Gandalf the wizard's unlikely choice to join a group of warrior dwarves on a mission to slay a greedy and powerful dragon.

Timid Bilbo Baggins is Gandalf the wizard's unlikely choice to join a group of warrior dwarves on a mission to slay a greedy and powerful dragon.

Along with The Lord of the Rings, "my favorite fantasy books ever"--Jeremy (Also available on eBook and on audio CD)

When Bilbo Baggins has unexpected guests, he ends up going on a journey that propels him towards a destiny he never unexpected.


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YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Jun 17, 2019

Tolkien is known as the “Father of Modern Fantasy” for a reason; telling a fantastic epic of a little man named Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo Baggins, a wealthy little Hobbiton, lives in the luxurious Bag End, the Baggins Family home, and has had a yearning for adventure. Tolkien manages to set up a realistic fantasy life of the Shire citizens by going on to include obscure family rivalries that have bore on for generations. When the “call to action” finally approaches Bilbo leaves in the presence of thirteen dwarves and a Wizard named Gandalf the Grey on a quest to reclaim a throne long destroyed in the dwarven homeland. Goblins, orcs, giant eagles, spider, trolls, and dragons, The Hobbit has it all. Fair warning though; because the book was published in 1937 the writing style of Tolkien might be a little hard to follow, so be prepared to look up words. All in all, if you’re looking to find your next fantasy novel or looking to start reading them, The Hobbit is a great place to start. Rating 5/5
@Ezekiel_Hannegan of the Yorba Linda Public Library Teen Book Bloggers

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Skippy_45
Jun 03, 2019

Its a very good, peaceful book no doubt but if you like reading fast not so much. J.R.R. Tolken really tries to slow down his readers.

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siboneyleeculham
May 03, 2019

When I first read the Hobbit I really didn't like it but then I watched a tv show where the protagonists really liked the book (Stranger Things) so I decided to re-read it and I found that I really like it! Now I can not wait to read the Lord of the Rings!

A timeless and well-crafted fairytale, just serious enough to be enjoyed by all audiences. The Hobbit has aged a bit better than Tolkien's later books.

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jquick99
Apr 21, 2019

The print font is very, very small.

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violet_jaguar_350
Mar 15, 2019

This is my favorite book!

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jquick99
Mar 08, 2019

This is for the BBC Radio audiobook.
I suggest NOT to get this. Due to it being a radio recording, there is way too much background noise, especially some sort of flute, that makes it hard to hear the dialogue.

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robinandrews10
Feb 12, 2019

This is one of the most entertaining audio books I have ever listened to! The amount of detail that Tolkien builds into his world is unbelieve. This is a must read/listen to!

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Pusheenrocks29
Feb 12, 2019

I LOVED this book i would recommend this to lots of people although it is a very large book!
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Happy reading!

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avocadotree
Feb 05, 2019

One that gets ever better with readings and time.

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jayeshaminnew thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Jul 13, 2016

green_rabbit_444 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 65

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Jul 02, 2016

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red_eagle_646
May 08, 2019

If you sit on the doorstep long enough you will think of something.

Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.

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Tabaqui
Jul 17, 2017

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
One of the more famous literary openings - for good reason.

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Tabaqui
Jul 17, 2017

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world - Thorin Oakenshield

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Tabaqui
Jul 17, 2017

Alive without breath,
As cold as death,
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail, never clinking. - Gollum/Smeagol

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jayeshaminnew
May 15, 2017

Where there's life there's hope

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shaunguillet
Jun 21, 2016

hobbit hole

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Hip_Hop_Canary
Jun 14, 2016

"Never laugh at live dragons,Bilbo you fool!"-Bilbo Baggins.

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magic23
Aug 02, 2015

"Do you wish me a good morning, or you mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not;..."
Gandalf

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Kmandhane
Jul 15, 2015

Fruity laughs

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EvelynB2004
Oct 12, 2015

Bilbo Baggins, a very unsuspecting Hobbit, suddenly finds himself going on an adventure to reclaim a dwarf's treasure! Along with thirteen other dwarves and a famous wizard, Bilbo crosses the land to the east, to the Desolation of Smaug, and robs from the great dragon Smaug, who is guarding the long lost treasure.

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dan23_
Aug 29, 2015

!!!!!

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FloatingSummer
Jul 08, 2015

The Hobbit is about the progressive growth of a fearful little hobbit. In the adventure, the hobbit wondered in the forest of dark magic, sneaked out of the castle of the elves and stole the treasure of the dragon. Eventually, he helped the dwarves restore their rightful position to their kingdom.

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NightThinker
Jun 25, 2015

Bilbo Baggins goes on an adventure with 12 dwarves, Gandalf the wizard, and the dwarf king, Thorin. They travel to the lonley mountains to claim the treasure that was once the dwarves. They must kill Smaug the Dragon.

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chtaphorn
Jun 20, 2015

Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit who finds himself in an adventure, and he is accompanied by dwarves, and a wizard. He is to go to a mountain, slay a dragon, and take it's stolen hoard

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loria1121
Dec 20, 2014

A hobbit takes a trip..with thirteen dwarves and a wizard to a mountain far away to restore the treasure to the dwarves. But what is the treasure? Gold or undying fellowship?

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lyndon8
Aug 17, 2014

Bilbo is an interesting hobbit. He goes on an adventure to the lonely mountain. He goes with several dwarves and a wizard. Its a wonderful book to read.

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jodyandjay
Aug 17, 2014

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who, at the beginning, never went on an adventure but that all changes when a wizard carves a sign on his door. Bilbo and 13 dwarves go on an expedition to claim back what was theirs. In this book there will be many ups and downs, spiders and goblins. Will they reclaim what was theirs?

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gcwakim
Jun 26, 2014

Bilbo Baggins, is a hobbit that enjoys the simple beaties of life such as food and smoking. However one simple visit from Gandolf changes Bilbo's life forever. Join Bilbo, Thorin, the Company of the Dwarves and Gandolf as they set of to slay a dragon, and take back what belongs to the dwarves, the Lonely Mountain.

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cardona99a
May 28, 2013

bilbo bagins goes in a amezing journey the one he will find something that later on will start a war.

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EowynThandawen
Jan 02, 2013

Other: How could anyone say that this book is a waste of time?!?!?! I've never regretted reading a Tolkien book! Not only is The Hobbit great, but so are all of the other books by Tolkien! If you liked The Hobbit you MUST read Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion!

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tlhull
Dec 06, 2012

Other: Don't listen to fearlessforever! This is not a time waster! It is one of the best books ever!

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rockin_dude
Mar 21, 2012

Other: The Hobbit is amazing!! It is definitely not a waste of time!

PrinceBishop Nov 26, 2011

Other: One of the best books ever. Waste lots of time on it!

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