The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again

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Unwin Books, 1975 - Baggins, Bilbo (Fictitious character) - 253 pages
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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 share in an adventure from which he may never return.

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Tolkein is an incredibly talented writer. - Goodreads
The ending is so beautiful and sad at the same time. - Goodreads
An accessible intro to the Lord of the Rings. - Goodreads
It was an introduction to fantasy. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Beth Sniffs Books - Goodreads

DNF'ed on page 51. Blasphemy, I know. I very much enjoyed how the story started off but then things just got sloooooow. I thought I'd keep pushing on, but I decided not to. I think I'm more of a sci ... Read full review

Review: The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)

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Cute, but definitely not as epic as the full LOTR trilogy. It only took me 4 hours to read this, so I'm curious to see how Hollywood managed to expand it into two movies. Read full review

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About the author (1975)

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits. Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher. In 2013, his title, The Hobbit (Movie Tie-In) made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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