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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Great writing, great story. - LibraryThing
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Straightforward character development - LibraryThing
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User Review  - Edward.Lorn - LibraryThing

There are few books that I can re-read for the first time. Confused? So am I. I don't know how J. R. R. Tolkien managed this masterpiece, nor do I care, I only love that it exists. What I do know is ... Read full review

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User Review  - VincentDarlage - LibraryThing

Although the voice of Gandalf seemed to be miscast (to my ears), the rest of the cast was excellent. This was an enjoyable audioversion of the tale. 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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