The Hobbit

or, There and Back Again (Don’t know)

Paperback, 389 pages

English language

Published Aug. 14, 2014 by HarperCollins Publishers.

ISBN:
9780007591855
OCLC Number:
903426936

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4 stars (95 reviews)

This is the story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected...

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep to whisk him away on a journey "there and back again". They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon...

The prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth century. --back cover

170 editions

A wonderful tale about a Hobbit.

5 stars

(Note: this review is about one of my many numerous re-reads of the book.)

"In a hole in the ground there lived ...", well, you probably know who.

A story that started out scribbled on the back of a piece of paper being marked by J.R.R. Tolkien has grown in the telling and now supports a whole mythology set out in the books "The Silmarillion" and "The Lord of the Rings" as well as a multi-billion dollar entertainment industry.

The story of Bilbo Baggins and how he got involved in a quest involving dwarves, a Wizard, elves, men, goblins, wargs (wolves) and, of course, a dragon, is set out in this tale that has been read multiple times by me.

The most important event in the book, almost trivial in its treatment (which it was, at the time) was the discovery of a seemingly innocuous magic ring by Bilbo deep …

The Hobbit

4 stars

What's to be said about this that hasn't already been said? I guess my personal experience was that I saw the Ralph Bakshi animated treatment of this before ever reading it. Then, I got this huge coffee-table style book out of the library with the story but printed around cels from the animation. So, my experience of the whole thing was very colored from the beginning that way. Eventually I got a box set of the paperbacks on loan from an uncle of the LOTR and struggled through them with long periods where they just sat on the shelf. Probably my first experience of executive dysfunction/guilt around something I felt I should read but just hadn't gotten around to yet and often didn't feel like wanting to read it. The Jackson movies are fine and a welcome visual palate cleanser for the Bakshi images. I don't think I've seen all …

Review of 'El Hobbit' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

Bilbo es un personaje entrañable. No es difícil darse cuenta por qué es tan menospreciado de primera instancia, siempre. Sin embargo, tal como el Mago lo hace notar, su valor se muestra en aumento. Siendo Tolkien católico y considerando el conocimiento de la tradición cristiana y de la Biblia, viene a la mente ese proverbio "la senda del justo es como la luz del sol, que va en aumento". Así es Bilbo. Me sorprendió la sencillez con que se narra y los pasos esenciales que están resumidos, pero esto puede significar que lo profundo viene con El señor de los anillos. Confieso que mi forma de llegar a esta saga fue porque adquirí Shadows of Mordor... El mérito de los videojuegos.

Review of 'The Hobbit' on Goodreads

4 stars

1) ''Very slowly he got up and groped about on all fours, till he touched the wall of the tunnel; but neither up nor down it could he find anything: nothing at all, no sign of goblins, no sign of dwarves. His head was swimming, and he was far from certain even of the direction they had been going in when he had his fall. He guessed as well as he could, and crawled along for a good way, till suddenly his hand met what felt like a tiny ring of cold metal lying on the floor of the tunnel. It was a turning point in his career, but he did not know it. He put the ring in his pocket almost without thinking; certainly it did not seem of any particular use at the moment.''

2) '''Thief, thief, thief! Baggins! We hates it, we hates it, we hates it …

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  • Gollum (Fictitious character)
  • Hobbits (Fictitious characters)
  • Middle Earth (Imaginary place)
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