The Hobbit

One of the first of the modern long-form original fairytales, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit or There and Back Again

What are Hobbits? You could say they are beings of woolly feet, big stomachs, and small stature, but the defining characteristic is that they like to sit comfortably at home in their dry, well-stocked Hobbit-holes. So what happens if one leaves home and goes on an adventure?

Meet Gandalf the Wizard, Bilbo the Burra-Hobbit, and twelve rowdy dwarves as they travel across Middle Earth on a grand adventure to steal treasure from a greedy dragon.

Along the way, they meet elves taller than men, river traders who send out their wares in barrels, goblins and wolves, and a small, slinking, blood-thirsty creature named Gollum, who likes to play at riddles. Bilbo must learn how to survive outside his comfortable shire and earn the respect of the world-weary, loud, and dagger-happy dwarves. But Bilbo has surprising mettle inside him, and even man-eating spiders will not deter him from seeing the adventure through to the end.

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote this story of episodic adventure for children, and would never have predicted the iconic nature of its effect on readers of all ages – along with The Lord of the Rings, it has become the most popular fantasy story of all time.

“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?”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit or There and Back Again

Join Bilbo as he learns that there is more to life than what he can experience from his own comfortable couch.

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About J.R.R. Tolkien

Born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa, J.R.R. Tolkien settled in England as a child, going on to study at Exeter College. While teaching at Oxford University, he published the popular fantasy novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The works have had a devoted international fan base and been adapted into award-winning blockbuster films. Tolkien died in 1973 at 81.
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“It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,

Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt,

It lies behind stars and under hills,

And empty holes it fills,

It comes first and follows after,

Ends life, kills laughter.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit or There and Back Again

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