The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children's fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children's literature. The Hobbit is set within Tolkien's fictional universe and follows the. The Hobbit or There and Back Again book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again [J. R. R. Tolkien] on The book was a good read and looking forward to reading the Lord of the Rings set.

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The Hobbit: or There and Back Again [J.R.R. Tolkien] on The Hobbit: 75th Anniversary Edition and millions of other books are available for. download a cheap copy of The Hobbit, or There and Back Again book by J.R.R. Tolkien . In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty. Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome.

Seeing no other way to avert a war, Bilbo uses the ring to steal the prized Arkenstone from the Dwarves, which he tries to use to broker peace. Just as Thorin is refusing a truce and battle is about to begin, the three armies at the Lonely Mountain Elves, Men and Dwarves must rally together as they are attacked by Goblins and Wargs from the Misty Mountains. A bitter battle ensues, named the Battle of Five Armies.

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Though suffering heavy losses, Elves, Men and Dwarves prevail. The treasure is apportioned. Bilbo refuses most of the riches, realising he has no way to bring them back home; he nevertheless takes enough with him to make himself a wealthy hobbit and live happily thereafter, unaware of the dangerous nature of his ring. Conception Tolkien recollects in a letter to W. Auden Letters, no.

The tale itself he wrote in the early s, and it was eventually published because he lent it to the Reverend Mother of Cherwell Edge when she was sick with the flu; while the Reverend Mother was in possession of the manuscript, it was seen by the year old son of Sir Stanley Unwin, Rayner Unwin , who wrote such an enthusiastic review of the book that it was published by Allen and Unwin. Tolkien introduced or mentioned characters and places that figured prominently in his legendarium, specifically Elrond and Gondolin , along with elements from Germanic legend.

But the decision that the events of The Hobbit could belong to the same universe as The Silmarillion was made only after successful publication, when the publisher asked for a sequel. Accordingly, The Hobbit serves both as an introduction to Middle-Earth and as a link between earlier and later events described in The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings, respectively. Although a fairy tale, the novel is both complex and sophisticated: it contains many names and words derived from Norse mythology, and central plot elements from the Beowulf epic, it makes use of Anglo-Saxon Runes , information on calendars and moon phases, and detailed geographical descriptions that fit well with the accompanying maps.

Near the end, the tale takes on epic proportions. It was illustrated with many black-and-white drawings by Tolkien himself. The original printing numbered a mere 1, copies and sold out by 15 December that same year due to enthusiastic reviews. Houghton Mifflin of Boston and New York prepared an American edition to be released early in in which four of the illustrations would be colour plates. As remarked above, Tolkien substantially revised The Hobbit's text describing Bilbo's dealings with Gollum in order to blend the story better into what The Lord of the Rings had become.

This revision became the second edition, published in in both UK and American editions. Slight corrections to the text have appeared in the third and fourth editions New English-language editions of The Hobbit spring up often, despite the book's age, with at least fifty editions having been published to date.

Each comes from a different publisher or bears distinctive cover art, internal art, or substantial changes in format. Now I know. It's an archaic English word related to the modern Norwegian word for spider, edderkopp. The Swedish word, spindel , comes from a different root. I've thought about that for over 40 years.

See how much fun it is to acquire a new language? View all 51 comments. Buddy read with Fares and I could not be more excited! Edit after finishing: So I'm bawling right now. Every time I have to say goodbye, I just can't bear it. Full review to come.

Since this is a buddy read with the awesome Fares , my review will be chapter by chapter, accompanied by appropriate gifs and quotes every two days.

Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party. This is giving me such nostalgia! Underrated quote: The hobbit was a very well-to-do hobbit, and his name was Baggins. The Bagginses have live Buddy read with Fares and I could not be more excited!

The Bagginses have lived in the neighbourhood of The Hill for time out of mine, and most people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected; you could tell what a Baggins would say on any question without the bother of asking him. This is the story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.

Roast Mutton Tolkien's humour is really underappreciated: For your hospitality our sincerest thanks, and for your offer of professional assistance our grateful acceptance.

Or another gem: A short rest What I love about this chapter is that it establishes my favourite ship, Bilbo X Rivendell. All jokes aside, it is the chapter where Bilbo discovers a lifelong connection with Rivendell, a place that will ultimately provide him with respite and comfort in his late years. They stayed long in that good house, fourteen days at least, and they found it hard to leave.

Bilbo would gladly have stopped there for ever and ever. Chapter 4: Over Hill and Under Hill When he peeped out in the lightning flashes, he saw that across the valley the stone-giants were out, and were hurling rocks at one another for a game, and catching them, and tossing them down into the darkness where they smashed among the trees far below, or splintered into little bits with a bang, Chapter 5: Riddles in the dark Gollum had no sword.

Gollum had not actually threatened to kill him. Or tried to yet. And he was miserable, alone, lost. A sudden understanding, a pity mixed with horror, welled up within Bilbo's heart: All these thoughts passed in a flash of a second. If it weren't for Bilbo's empathy at that moment and he had decided to kill Gollum, Frodo and Sam would have had Gollum to help them make it to Mordor on a more secret path. Bilbo's empathy saved Middle Earth.

Think about that. Deep stuff. Chapter 6: Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire Unpopular opinion time: I love the Hobbit movies with all my heart.

That bromance is the best. This chapter has some great lines by the dwarves, especially underrated ones like Dori and Balin. There are wargs, goblins and of course, Eagles in this one. The Eagles are cool and neutral assholes as usual.

You know, as the saying goes, don't risk a feather for a mortal. I totally made that up, but that's how they are What did I tell you? Chapter 7: Queer Lodgings I love this chapter so much. I love Beorn. I can relate to him - he's a vegetarian who loves nature, animals and plants.

And he's a bee keeper! It's as if Tolkien predicted our bee crisis and rise in vegetarianism. Beorn is the Tom Bombadil of the Hobbit - he doesn't care for shiny things, rings and gems. He just loves his nature.

I love how Gandalf introduces the hobbits! We get spoiled by Gandalf's sharpened-by-a-whetstone-wit and Beorn's hilarious sense of humour! There are some tantalising parts of this chapter where Beorn wants to know the story of the company's journey thus far.

However, there are some weird bits like the dogs serving food on their hind legs and Bears dancing outside in the moonlight. This is the whimsical side of Tolkien I love! Gandalf leaves the dwarves to journey through Mirkwood alone.

Some of my favourites quotes: At any rate he under no enchantment but his own. He lives in an -oak-wood and has a great wooden house; and as a man he keeps cattle and horses which are nearly as marvellous as himself.

They work for him and talk to him. He does not eat them; neither does he hunt or eat wild animals. Beorn was jolly for a change; indeed he seemed to be in splendidly good humour and set them all laughing with his funny stories; nor did they have to wonder long where he had been or why he was so nice to them, for hetold them himself.


He had been over the river and right back up into the mountains - from which you can guess that he could travel quickly, in bear's shape at any rate. From the burnt wolf-glade he had soon found out that part of their story was true; but he had found more than that: From these he had got the news; the goblins patrols were hunting with Wargs for the dwarves and they were angry because of the death of the Goblin King. Side note: I wanted to share something special with all my reading buddies.

This is the exact copy of The Hobbit my aunt gave me ten years ago for my 11th birthday. I've read it about eight times. It is the book that got me into reading and eventually got me two Tolkien tattoos and a lifetime of love. What I love about The Hobbit is that the protagonist isn't some young person with strength and energy to boot - he's a middle-aged guy who finally lives a life of adventure.

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It's a message that anyone out there can have an adventure despite their age. Where there's life there's hope. I've been thinking a lot of how many stars giving to the book, since there were parts that I loved a lot, but there were others that I found tedious and even anti-climatic, but in respect to this great writer, J. Tolkien, I think that the book deserves at least 4-stars rating with which I feel easy since I am not giving it a full rating but also I am not punishing it for things that maybe a future re-reading will solve.

In a hole in the ground there lived a Where there's life there's hope. Anyway, it's amazing how with this line It's so fantastic to think how Tolkien felt the impulse to write down this line, and from it, a whole epic universe came into life.

I loved to read when some book came up from a dream like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or from an unknown impulse, like in these case. I watched at some moment a documentary abour Tolkien's work and I learned how he was looking for a mythology, in the sense like the Nordic one or the Greek one, to call as own on England, and it was the trigger to creat such vast and appealing universe.

And even more interesting to choose its point of development, since the core books like this one, The Hobbit and the following trilogy of The Lord of the Rings , are located in an time where the magic is leaving the Middle-Earth and the age of men is becoming the important one. If you sit on the doorstep long enough, I daresay you will think of something.

I think that certainly many people could love "more magic" in the main story, there would be others who enjoy the "more downed" tone with more "realistic" elements. In that way, everybody can like this story since there is a good balance of magic and "terrenal" stuff.

Thief, thief, thief! We hates it, we hates it, we hates it forever! Still, it was amazing how Tolkien could develop such impressive "sequel" from the book of The Hobbit with only editing one chapter, but definitely a key one. It's wonderful how the mood of the book is at hand with the maturing of Bilbo Baggins, the main protagonist, since the story started quite innocent and even with such humoristic moments and step by step is turning more and more serious, in the same way as Bilbo is getting more serious about his role in the mission.

My Precious, my Precious. The two introductions about characters that I absolutely loved were the Elrond's and Smaug's About Elrond He was as noble and fair in face as an elf-lord, as strong, as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer.

I mean If you are not impressed about a character when he or she is introduced in such way, well, I don't know what else you'd need. About Smaug My armour is like ten fold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!

Oh yes, right then, anybody without a ring of power on his finger should run like crazy and never NEVER stop to look behind. It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. Without spoiling anything really crutial, I think that my most favorite part were the moon-letters. I mean, secret messages that you can read only at certain position of the moon in the year Not with this moon.

Or something much like it I mean, it gives a promise that may that map has some other secrets in there, only to be revealed at the right position of the moon in the year. Obviously, Gandalf is a great character, but I think that it was "too" great and Tolkien had troubles to think about challenges to put into the travelling group and they could mean a real risk having a powerful wizard in the midst.

I understand. Gandalf rules! In here, about Smaug's fate Thanks to a very convenient failure in his armour that a hobbit that he doesn't know anything about warfare, he was able to deduce a weak point that many, many, many warfaring races weren't able to deduce? And so, this menace that it's been spoken about along the whole book It's killed with a single arrow and even the arrow is shot by a totally new character that you didn't know anything about until that moment?

Certainly, the first part of Peter Jackson's film adaptations gave him a lot of credit and respect, presenting him as a powerful leader, where in the book, he doesn't do anything useful.

And in fact, I didn't find out why so many dwarves in the story since nobody did something particulary memorable.

At some moments, you think that Balin will become something more in the story but no, Bombur is only remembered by his weight that I found something cruel how he is treated in the story and even I thought that since Gloin is the father of Gimli, he would do something awesome at some moment but no. So, why so many dwarves in the group if they won't do something useful in the story?

I think Gimli, one single dwarf, did more to give a good name to the dwarf race in The Lord of the Rings , than 13 dwarves in the whole The Hobbit.

I loved the trolls! Maybe some people didn't get the most humoruous aspect of them. Bert, Tom and William!!!

I don't know but I found that such amusing, that they had such common and "modern" names in the middle of such "epic fantasied" names. At the end, The Hobbit is a wonderful piece of writing where you find a totally new race in almost each chapter and not only you know the new race but also you get a "glimpse" realizing that behind of each race there is an extensive and rich history that you won't be able to know in its entirely way, adding more mystery to the whole universe created here.

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Unpopular opinion time: I don't like The Hobbit. Before all of you start hating me forever, please, hear me out. I truly respect J.

R Tolkien. If I'm not mistaken, this was one of the first really popular fantasy books ever written. And fantasy just happens to be my favourite genre.

So you can see why I really wanted to like this book. I wanted to like it so much, in fact, that I have tried to read it three times now.

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But each time, I have had to DNF it. I love The Lord of the Rings movies.

I l Unpopular opinion time: I love The Hobbit movies. But I cannot, for the life of me, finish this book. Allow me to explain: I love beautiful descriptions in books, but when the description has been going on for more than four sentences, I'm out.

I get it. It's a really nice tree. Just get back to the story.

Not much seemed to be happening. A page book somehow managed to seem like an page book. It was tedious. After the supposed "third time's a charm" attempt failed, I moved on to the films. And I really enjoyed them. Well, I didn't like how they stretched one book into three movies, but that's a discussion for another time.

The movies managed to keep everything I liked about the book, and cut out everything I didn't. Lovable characters and awesome world? No overly-descriptive writing?

If you're one of those many people who adore this book with all of your heart and soul, great for you! I'm glad you liked it. It's just not for me. And no, I will not try to finish this book again. That'd make four failed attempts. I've got to draw the line somewhere. I discussed this novel with my book club, Austentatious, here: View all 7 comments.

Dec 05, Emily May rated it did not like it Shelves: In certain crowds, my rating and the words I'm about to write well, type would probably get me shot. But The Hobbit is still one of the most boring books I have ever read. Tolkien's writing seems so dry and impersonal, though I can't deny he had a lot of fascinating ideas. View all 25 comments. Now the route Mr. Bilbo Baggins transverses to seek adventure and a pot of gold As our story begins the Hobbit is having a quiet, delightful time drinking his tea and a nice breakfast, steps out the door from his hole in the ground the unkind would say blows a wonderful smoke ring And is the last one for many moons An old man, a stranger appears the polite hobbit greets him, Bilbo later regrets it often but that's further down the road.

The sociable Mr. Baggins invites the man who reveals himself to be the powerful, mystifying, lofty wizard Gandalf to tea The nervous hobbit, half the size of a human just wants to be left alone and enjoy his comfortable life which unfortunately doesn't occur, on the other hand the reader is greatly rewarded.

Next day a dwarf arrives Dwalin, than another Balin, and still more, two in fact, Kili and Fili, five then, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, and Gloin, this will in a short while pun intended be thirteen, no I haven't forgotten Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, and last very appropriately , the leader Thorin, they are a superstitious bunch.

The need for a fourteenth member is obvious you can't count a wizard , these creatures are eating, drinking at poor Bilbo's home Finally Gandalf comes and the purpose of the gathering disclosed, a bold plan to kill a huge dragon Smaug the Magnificent, take the vast priceless treasure, the winged fire breathing behemoth sits on, inside the very distant Lonely Mountain, the dwarves ancient home.

The reluctant Mr. Baggins agrees to go along, not too confidently , he can see disaster in his future Deadly monsters, goblins, wolves, unfriendly elves are between their goal, the sinister Misty Mountains, rivers to cross, lakes too, the dark thick forest Mirkwood, where evil giant spiders, sinister wizards, unfriendly wood-elves reside, with only a little stream to guide and follow , then Gandalf abandons them Still the frightened little hobbit becomes the leader, with the help of a magical ring.

The battle of five armies, a grisly fight where no quarter is given, an epic style end to this tale is the high point. This classic written in is the original, The Lord of the Rings are sequels and more magical than Mr. Bilbo Baggins band. If you wonder why someone would read a book for the third time all you need to do is get this title A trip in a world where you can forget your troubles and drop into one let's face it, quite interesting Juho Pohjalainen I read this book just about every year, and I never grow tired of it.

May 28, Henry Avila It is such an entertaining book May 29, The Oscar Goes to.. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat. You might try over The Hill or across The Water. View all 9 comments. Aug 19, Julio Genao rated it really liked it. Aug 03, Evgeny rated it really liked it Shelves: I find it hard to believe there are people who have no clue what the book is about.

Still the possibility exists so I will give the high points of the plot. See there once was a hobbit a race entirely created by Tolkien and endlessly recycled since under name halflings - for copyright reasons named Bilbo Baggins.

Think a humanoid creature of about half of a grown-up adult human height with furry legs who goes barefoot - it is a hobbit. These guys live underground in holes similar to rabbit's, b I find it hard to believe there are people who have no clue what the book is about.

These guys live underground in holes similar to rabbit's, but much more comfortable. Speaking about comfort, they love it and for this reason never ever go adventuring.

One fine day Bilbo was sitting outside minding his own business when Gandalf showed up. Gandalf was a wizard who gave birth to practically all mighty wizards appearing in any art form. Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter is probably the most famous example and yes, he would not exist without Gandalf. Anyhow, for reasons entirely unclear through the whole book Gandalf decided to involve poor hobbit into a grand adventure - the kind where heroes go from a mortal danger to being miserable from hunger and weather having just escaped said danger and to yet another mortal danger again, still remaining miserable.

Who would not want it? By the way, this never-explain-your-reasons-and-motivations thingy is a trademark of all mighty wizards that come after Gandalf. And so off to a grand adventure Bilbo went, accompanied by 12 dwarves and Gandalf himself who kept them company only part way. Adventure they wanted, and adventure they got, full of misery and dangers. I said it before and I will say it again at the risk of making some people very angry: If you are trying to find some deep philosophical meaning in it, you are wrong: You might as well find some hidden messages in Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Just look at Gandalf: As I said, a simple tale. It does not make the book bad by any means. It is a children classic for children and adults alike for a reason.

I had a blast reading it in my childhood; I reread it later and liked it and I still like it after my latest reread. The rating is 4 very solid stars. May 08, Spencer Orey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Always excellent! Some quick scattered thoughts on re-reading this classic: It's strange how generic this story can feel, since so much that's followed in its wake has adapted and used little parts for its own.

LotR is more influential yet, but reading this, I could feel the Hobbit's influence everywhere. Even subtle details and throwaway lines turned into major Dungeons and Dragons tropes. The dwarves are terrible adventurers, always getting into trouble. They lose their food and adventuring equi Always excellent! They lose their food and adventuring equipment over and over and over. Like, the incompetence of the characters is actually this major driving force in the book.

I think that idea is still incredibly fresh. Also, there were just so many dwarves. It's easy to lose track of all of them, but they somehow all feel like complete characters, and they know each other well enough that their interactions show it. And even Bilbo can tell them apart in one way or another. There's something refreshing about a giant party of too-many dwarves here.

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None of that Fellowship party of specialists that turned into 6-member Dungeons and Dragons parties. No way. For intrigue, just add more dwarves and make them all uniquely bad at the things they do. The little character interactions are fantastic.

There's a tense point where Bilbo is breaking all of the dwarves out of prison and they have to run for it before they're caught, but one of the dwarves stops and starts asking a lot of questions because he wants to brainstorm the plan.

The songs are actually kind of good, and the world is always singing. Even the bad guys have songs. So, as long as there are people who want to escape the world of the everyday, there will be lovers of Tolkien and you can count us in! We have covered a lot in this "Nutshell": Tolkien's overall geekiness, his influences, and his novels as an escape from today's craziness. But there's one massive question mark that many people have tried to fill in. What does all of this stuff about hobbits and elves and dwarves really mean?

Tolkien was a devout Roman Catholic, and he was also good friends with C. We here at Shmoop can't answer these questions for sure. While we enjoy playing around with possible hidden meanings, we don't want to define Tolkien's work at the expense of the fun at the heart of this series.

We respect Tolkien's own words on the subject: in his foreword to the second edition of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien refused to describe his work as "allegorical" or "topical. There's a lot of careful thought going on in this book, sure, but it never gets so fancy that it forgets the importance of a good sense of humor and a strong sense of home. Which is why, if we had the chance to go to Middle-earth, we'd head there in a hot second.

Why Should I Care? Well, to start out, let's let the author himself put in a good word! In a letter written in , J. Tolkien reflected on his own work: Having set myself a task, the arrogance of which I fully recognized and trembled at: being precisely to restore to the English an epic tradition and present them with a mythology of their own: it is a wonderful thing to be told that I have succeeded, at least with those who still have the undarkened heart and mind.

Tolkien has invented a new epic tradition, one that goes beyond "the English" to include a whole world of fans. With the publication of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, Tolkien has left writers and gamers alike with a vast mythical world to play around in.

Indeed, an entire fantasy industry — from Dungeons and Dragons through Magic: The Gathering to World of Warcraft and Warhammer — owes its origins to Tolkien's invention of Middle-earth. So any novel that even mentions orcs owes Tolkien a huge favor.

And it's pretty fascinating to get to read the tale that started it all. But The Hobbit isn't just about the legendary legacy Tolkien has left us. We've loved this book since we were kids, and not because of the impact Tolkien has made on the world.Merlin as a tutor and counselor to King Arthur; Gandalf through stories and wisdom in his itinerant travels throughout the countryside.

From these he had got the news; the goblins patrols were hunting with Wargs for the dwarves and they were angry because of the death of the Goblin King. It teases and hints at something larger and grander, and it instructs and lectures as from one of the most subtle intellects without ever feeling like it is instructing, lecturing or being condescending.

There are many deaths and casualties at the Battle of Five Armies. Though wrongly imprisoned, he bears no grudge and desires no vengeance for the wrongs done to him.

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