Item description for The Hobbit: The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien...
Overview The prequel to the epic fantasy saga The Lord of the Rings chronicles the adventures of the inhabitants of Middle-earth and of Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit who brought home to The Shire the One Ring of Power. Reissue.
Publishers Description THE GREATEST FANTASY EPIC OF OUR TIME Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo-alone and unaided-who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside . . . This stirring adventure fantasy begins the tale of the hobbits that was continued by J.R.R. Tolkien in his bestselling epic "The Lord of the Rings."
Citations And Professional Reviews The Hobbit: The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
USA Today - 12/18/2002 page 1
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 566
Booklist - 02/15/1992 page 1101
Beyond the Cover Author Interv - 09/01/2000 page 5
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Studio: Houghton Mifflin
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.93" Width: 4.21" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Jul 12, 1986
Publisher Del Rey
Series Lord of the Rings
ISBN 0345339681 ISBN13 9780345339683
Availability 0 units.
More About J. R. R. Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in World War I, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit andThe Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of eighty-one.
J. R. R. Tolkien was born in 1892 and died in 1973.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Hobbit: The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings?
A Wonderful Fantasy Mar 30, 2007
I read the Hobbit back in the winter of 1968 from an original copy that was well worn by many other shipmates reading it before me. I found the story so captivating that I read the entire book stopping only for chow! All these years gone by and I still find myself saying "Precious" quite often.
For anyone that has not read this great fantasy classic, you are missing out on a lifetime of terrific memories of a great story. Get a bound copy, read it then keep it in your library as a keepsake. Your children and their children will love you for it.
Great quality Mar 26, 2007
Excellent quality book that will last decades if not a centuries. This is the kind of binding and care all books should ship in.
The Hobbit Mar 23, 2007
The Hobbit by, J.R.R Tolkien was a very good book I thought. Since I really like Fantasy War type books i thought this was a great book. My most favorite part of the whole book was when at the end they were fighting Smaug. Smaug was my favorite because I really like dragons.
The Hobbit Mar 23, 2007
I think that this book was good. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it was LONG! Only, the book itself covered up the fact that it was a long read. I hope others will decide to stick with the book and not leave it because of it's length.
Also, I thought that the book was interesting that a "Hobbit" which is small in height, actually saved dwarves, I recommend this book.
A great begining to the most popular fantasy of all time Mar 23, 2007
Bilbo Baggins is one of the great anti-heroes of modern literature. A somewhat self-centered but likable fellow with aspirations that rarely extends beyond a good pipe or his next meal, thrust without warning nor apology into a quest on par with those he would spin tales of over the course of an evening after dinner. There is no prolonged set-up in The Hobbit. The author starts us off with a brief introduction and immediately proceeds to completely foul up his protagonist's current life and foreseeable future by commandeering him on the afore-mentioned quest. Thus the fun begins.
Along the way Bilbo (a very small man, in both stature and mindset, and one with no desire to change either - thank you very much!) meets trolls and orcs and goblins and a even a huge, very old, and verrrry greedy red dragon who has no taste for thieves, but a taste for hobbits. Bilbo is so far out of his league, and caught up in world events of a world he had rather wished NOT to know of that it is a wonder he stays sane at all through his perilous journey "there and back again."
Everyone should read this book. Tolkien scoots us along (much faster than his drawling The Lord of the Rings pace) in a delightful fantasy filled with magic and wizards and creatures great and small, dangling us precariously sometimes over the edge of a few intersecting plot points (like snapping alligators in a pit) only to not-so-politely dump us off safe and snug at home once again with a few extra coins in our pockets and a lifetime of fresh stories to tell to everyone who was too timid to take the journey with us (and our strange new friends).
This book is a classic because it is easy to read, enchanting, and fun. It started the whole of 'Middle Earth' which in-turn begat the whole of fantasy role playing (an annually multi-billion dollar industry now). This is the Bible of modern fantasy, and one that will make your children laugh and cry and remember the tales contained herein long into their adulthood. I simply cannot recommend a better book to read to your children when they are old enough to understand the concepts this book describes so vividly.