The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

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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 take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, c1996.
ISBN: 9780739410745
Characteristics: 255 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Hobbit
There and back again


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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.

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.

Sep 13, 2019

AR Quiz No. 164734 EN Fiction
 IL: MG - BL: 4.3 - AR Pts: 2.0

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.

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.

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.


Tolkien is known as the “Father of Modern Fantasy” for a reason; telling a fantastic epic of a little man named Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo Baggins, a wealthy little Hobbiton, lives in the luxurious Bag End, the Baggins Family home, and has had a yearning for adventure. Tolkien manages to set up a realistic fantasy life of the Shire citizens by going on to include obscure family rivalries that have bore on for generations. When the “call to action” finally approaches Bilbo leaves in the presence of thirteen dwarves and a Wizard named Gandalf the Grey on a quest to reclaim a throne long destroyed in the dwarven homeland. Goblins, orcs, giant eagles, spider, trolls, and dragons, The Hobbit has it all. Fair warning though; because the book was published in 1937 the writing style of Tolkien might be a little hard to follow, so be prepared to look up words. All in all, if you’re looking to find your next fantasy novel or looking to start reading them, The Hobbit is a great place to start. Rating 5/5
@Ezekiel_Hannegan of the Yorba Linda Public Library Teen Book Bloggers

The Hobbit is a fantasy novel that tells the story of one hobbit who went on an adventure and actually enjoyed it. Bilbo Baggins is disturbed from his comfortable, luxurious life by Gandalf, a wizard, who sends Bilbo on an adventure with 13 dwarves. The group meets trolls, elves, goblins, wolves, and more on this fantasy-filled journey. The final destination is the mountain where the dragon, Smaug, resides over his stolen treasure. To find out how this wonderful story ends, I recommend you read this prequel to the Lord of the Rings series. On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this book a 5 because it was a great book filled with adventure on every page. Catherine P., grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

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.

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!

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Nov 13, 2019

"Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"

May 08, 2019

If you sit on the doorstep long enough you will think of something.

Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.

Jul 17, 2017

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
One of the more famous literary openings - for good reason.

Jul 17, 2017

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world - Thorin Oakenshield

Jul 17, 2017

Alive without breath,
As cold as death,
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail, never clinking. - Gollum/Smeagol

May 15, 2017

Where there's life there's hope

Jun 21, 2016

hobbit hole

Aug 02, 2015

"Do you wish me a good morning, or you mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not;..."

Jul 15, 2015

Fruity laughs

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Oct 12, 2015

Bilbo Baggins, a very unsuspecting Hobbit, suddenly finds himself going on an adventure to reclaim a dwarf's treasure! Along with thirteen other dwarves and a famous wizard, Bilbo crosses the land to the east, to the Desolation of Smaug, and robs from the great dragon Smaug, who is guarding the long lost treasure.

Aug 29, 2015


Jul 08, 2015

The Hobbit is about the progressive growth of a fearful little hobbit. In the adventure, the hobbit wondered in the forest of dark magic, sneaked out of the castle of the elves and stole the treasure of the dragon. Eventually, he helped the dwarves restore their rightful position to their kingdom.

Jun 25, 2015

Bilbo Baggins goes on an adventure with 12 dwarves, Gandalf the wizard, and the dwarf king, Thorin. They travel to the lonley mountains to claim the treasure that was once the dwarves. They must kill Smaug the Dragon.

Jun 20, 2015

Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit who finds himself in an adventure, and he is accompanied by dwarves, and a wizard. He is to go to a mountain, slay a dragon, and take it's stolen hoard

Dec 20, 2014

A hobbit takes a trip..with thirteen dwarves and a wizard to a mountain far away to restore the treasure to the dwarves. But what is the treasure? Gold or undying fellowship?

Aug 17, 2014

Bilbo is an interesting hobbit. He goes on an adventure to the lonely mountain. He goes with several dwarves and a wizard. Its a wonderful book to read.

Aug 17, 2014

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who, at the beginning, never went on an adventure but that all changes when a wizard carves a sign on his door. Bilbo and 13 dwarves go on an expedition to claim back what was theirs. In this book there will be many ups and downs, spiders and goblins. Will they reclaim what was theirs?

Jun 26, 2014

Bilbo Baggins, is a hobbit that enjoys the simple beaties of life such as food and smoking. However one simple visit from Gandolf changes Bilbo's life forever. Join Bilbo, Thorin, the Company of the Dwarves and Gandolf as they set of to slay a dragon, and take back what belongs to the dwarves, the Lonely Mountain.

May 28, 2013

bilbo bagins goes in a amezing journey the one he will find something that later on will start a war.

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Dec 06, 2012

Other: Don't listen to fearlessforever! This is not a time waster! It is one of the best books ever!

Mar 21, 2012

Other: The Hobbit is amazing!! It is definitely not a waste of time!

PrinceBishop Nov 26, 2011

Other: One of the best books ever. Waste lots of time on it!

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