The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again

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Unwin Paperbacks, 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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Much better character development and plot. - weRead
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Lovely intro to Tolkien - weRead
Not a love story but I still liked it. - weRead

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I listened to an audio version of this book that was narrated by Rob Inglis. He also does a narration of each of the books in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which makes for a nice bit of continuity ... Read full review

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The Hobbit has been one of my favorite books since I read it as a high-school freshman. It works as a standalone fantasy story, but it's even better as an introduction to Tolkien's Middle-Earth: The ... 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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