The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

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HollyKelsch
Oct 31, 2020

[Please don't beat me up about this Hobbit fans...]
The book was okay but I personally feel that it is a bit overrated. The large fan base and great reviews I had been given about this book really pumped me up and excited me about reading it and convinced me to check it out from the library. However, when I actually began to read it, I was a bit disappointed. I would agree that it is not a bad novel, but compared to the many other books (particularly of the fantasy genre) that I have read as a bibliophile, I found it a bit dull. I actually struggled to finish it (only really doing so out of sheer stubbornness) because I found so many other books that I had checked out a bit later than it more appealing (Howl's Moving Castle, for example). Perhaps the other books in its series are what cause people to fall in with the fandom, but I can't truly say because I have not read them yet and after this experience, I am a bit hesitant to do so. Either way, I would suggest this novel if you have truly run out of other things to read and suggest you not get your hopes up too much.

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alexqise
Oct 27, 2020

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit, lovers of food with furry toes, and half the size of humans, who lives at Bag End. One day, Bilbo’s peaceful life is interrupted by the old wizard Gandalf. Gandalf tells Bilbo that he must set out on an adventure with 13 dwarves to reclaim the dwarves’ treasure from a dragon Smaug. The dwarves are at first skeptical about Bilbo but Gandalf reassures them that he is more than meets the eye. Will Bilbo set out on a grand adventure or return to his cozy life at Bag End? I’ve always loved fantasy worlds so it isn’t much of a surprise that I enjoyed this book. The book is filled with action-packed scenes which are very fun to read.

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connellsmith
Oct 08, 2020

The Hobbit is a perfect introduction to the vast and awe-inspiring world of Middle Earth. It carries a lot of the same ancient weight and history as his other books, but retains a story that is a little lighter and easier to manage. Tolkien sets the absolute standard for all fantasy, as far as I'm concerned. When someone mentions dragons, Smaug is who I think of. No elven city avoids comparison to Rivendell, no dwarven stronghold to Erebor. And of course, the Shire. The quiet, peaceful place I can only dream of visiting. The Hobbit gives new readers the first glimmerings of the magic of Middle Earth, and for that I cannot praise it enough.

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

A great classic perfect for any age. This is such a wonderfully imagined story that is full of adventure, humor, friendship, and a great cast of quirky characters. Highly recommend for anyone, but perfect for fans of epic fantasy, adventure, and magical creatures.

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The_Zookeeper
Aug 15, 2020

Having read The Hobbit and absolutely loved it, this review is just for this version of the audiobook-I enjoyed the audio of this. You have to remember that it was done for radio in 1968, so the audio quality isn't great, but it was fun to listen to. I wonder if the BBC version would be better, but it was nice hearing the characters talk to each other rather than just one narrator. It's only four hours, but you to keep in mind what this was recorded for.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien tells the fantasy of a small, stout man (a hobbit) in a world of Middle-Earth who goes on an unexpected journey when a wizard convinces him that it is for the good of the world. The brave hobbit soon learns that the party consisting of dwarves and the old wizard that he has just joined is on a quest to save a town by killing a dragon. Its large cast of unique characters and unexpected plot twists involving a magical gold ring make it an entertaining novel that stays interesting throughout its entirety. It also has a very satisfying build to up to an action-packed climax that shapes the fantasy genre as a whole. The author’s usage of tone to tell the story and create settings is remarkable, and my readers may also enjoy the book because of this. I would give The Hobbit 4 out of 5 stars for its entertaining content and interesting characters that set the stage for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It focuses more on action sequences rather than violent encounters, making the story well-suited for everyone 12 years and older. The novel may be too high of a reading level for some readers, but the actual content itself should be appropriate for young teens.

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alecbussott
Aug 10, 2020

Necessary reading for every age, for all walks of life.

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priya_i
Aug 01, 2020

The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I still haven't made it through all the Lord of the Rings books because they’re quite dense, but I didn’t have that problem with The Hobbit. I was able to read it in less than a week, and I found that the writing isn’t nearly as dense as it is in the main books. It’s a book that is set in an entirely fantasy world, and is a classic fantasy novel, as it was written so long ago. Bilbo Baggins, a creature called a hobbit, travels with 12 dwarves to reclaim their homeland. They travel across the fictional Middle Earth and go through many adventures together. Even if you don’t think you would like something like The Lord of the Rings, I would recommend trying The Hobbit.

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Koh11
Jul 26, 2020

I liked Lord of the Rings even more than the Hobbit. But it's good to read the Hobbit first. The pictures were awesome, especially the one of Smaug with the treasure!

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rdewis
Jul 24, 2020

Bilbo Baggins lives a quiet life, in his comfortable home, with his safe routines. He is quite satisfied with his life until the arrival of a wizard and a band of dwarves upheaves everything he knows, and he ends up setting out on a quest of epic proportions. Though originally forced upon this perilous hero’s journey, Bilbo may find more than he ever bargained for in terms of adventure, treasure, and even a family. While Tolkien’s writing style flows in an old-age way that may take some getting used to, the captivating world created and expanded on in this Lord of the Rings prequel keeps readers wanting more. This book is ideal for those teen and adult readers looking for a challenging classic full of fantasy escapism and beloved characters.

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mikey69
Jun 19, 2020

THE LORD OF THE RINGS has a cult-like following. It's fans don't simply read the text and move on; their digestion and study of it is more akin to that of theology students. As a result, this edition of THE HOBBIT - a prelude to THE RINGS epic - is published with corrections not found in editions prior to 1984. This, the most accurate account to date, chronicles Bilbo Baggins' quest to eliminate a dragon that's been terrorizing the Dwarf community of Middle Earth. It's the David and Goliath story retooled for fantasy buffs.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 02, 2020

The Hobbit is one hundred percent worth the read and after reading it I highly recommend watching the movie as this tale is choc full of adventure or misadventures for that matter. It has absolutely every theme in one novel and I found it even pulled on the heartstrings a little bit. The book has a lot of lessons in it as well as hidden meanings such as addiction although it never openly says the word, “addiction” its made obvious. Anyhow, if you love fantasy, adventure, a little romance and page turners then you will love the hobbit. 3 stars
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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yellow_zebra_264
May 28, 2020

Very good book by J.R.R. Tolkien that acts as a precursor to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 16, 2020

One of my favorite books of all time, I read this book probably 20 times growing up and the illustrations by Alan Lee are incredible and I still remember them. I love Bilbo, his story, and his tenacity, he's such a relatable and likable character and J.R.R. Tolkien's power of descriptors are powerful. This is a book that you'll never forget.

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Anita_Dickey
Sep 17, 2019

I read this book as part of the 300 books everyone should read once featured on Listopia. this is the second time i had read it in my lifetime. i found parts of it easier to understand this time. Although i enjoyed it, it really isn't one of my favorites. i'd give it an "it's ok" rating.

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StephanieRu
Sep 14, 2019

The Hobbit takes place in Middle Earth, where a creature named Bilbo Baggins sets out from Hobbiton for an adventure with thirteen dwarves and a wizard to the Lonely Mountains. They are searching for treasures that are held by Smaug the dragon, who lives there.
I liked it because it was told from Bilbo's point of view and I like the way he deals with situations that come his way. It is also a good introduction to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and adventure.

STPL_Emily Sep 07, 2019

This remains one of my favourite books to return to. I loved having it read to me when I was a child and I love reading it as an adult. The fantasy is classic Tolkien written in a way that is accessible to youth. I highly recommend it!

An admirable production of a terrific book. The acting work is top-notch, although I am not a fan of Gandalf's voice. Of the 5 discs, only four cover the book; the fifth is music and an interview with Tolkien. Minimal narration makes it feel like a real theatrical production, live or on-screen, but the audio-only format does make certain scenes a little chaotic and nonsensical. While effective, the dialogue queues are a little groan-inducing and make you wish you could just watch the film or read the book, instead of hearing Bilbo explain everything happening around him.

Since this record also pertains to the edition performed by Rob Inglis, I will say that I prefer his the best, as it is word for word and does not take liberties in theatrical production and explanation. It gets a solid 4 and a half stars.

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gjfricano
Jul 15, 2019

One of the greatest works of fantasy literature in existence, The Hobbit is timeless and as captivating in the late 2010s as it was in the 1930s when it was first published.

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joehurts
Jun 27, 2019

An enjoyable read that never gets old. The characters have depth and Tolkien in my opinion is one of the greatest literary writers. His work is as good as Edgar Allen Poe and William Shakespeare. The story is about how heroes and adventurers come from the most unexpected characters.

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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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