The Hobbit or There and Back Again

The Hobbit or There and Back Again

Illustrator J. R. R. Tolkien
Author J. R. R. Tolkien
Year 1980 (first published 1937)
Publisher George Allen & Unwin
ISBN 0-04-823154-1

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves, in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving, unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar.

Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of the Five Armies are some of the adventures that befall Bilbo. But there are lighter moments as well: good fellowship, welcome meals, laughter and song.

Continue reading for more about the book and to view the cover painting in more detail!

Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children’s fiction. Written for Professor Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when published. It is a complete and marvellous tale in itself, but it also forms a prelude to The Lord of the Rings.

“The Hobbit belongs to a very small class of books which have nothing in common save that each admits us to a world of its own. Its place is with Alice and The Wind in the Willows.” Times Literary Supplement

“Has the air of inventing nothing. He has studied trolls and dragons at first hand and describes them with fidelity.” The Times

“One of the best loved characters in English fiction . . . a marvellous fantasy adventure.” Daily Mail

“Finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls . . . an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, and, working up to a devastating climax.” The Observer

The Hobbit or There and Back Again (detail)

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Thanks to Thandi for the cover

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4 responses to “The Hobbit or There and Back Again

  1. Loved this book as a child, although it seemed a lot thicker back in those days. The beauty of the book is it sets you up for a magnificent ride that is lord of the Rings, but has enough depth in itself to feel not only like a fantasy book, but almost fairytale like as well.

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