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Title:
The hobbit, or, There and back again
Author:
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., [1996]

©1996
Physical Description:
271 pages, 4 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Summary:
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.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1000 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.6 16.0 511.

Reading Counts RC High School 8.1 21 Quiz: 05271 Guided reading level: Z.
ISBN:
9780618002214

9780613870665
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J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien's own children, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies worldwide and established itself as a modern classic.


Author Notes

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits.

Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle.

Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher.

In 2013, his title, The\Hobbit (Movie Tie-In) made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography) J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings", & "The Silmarillion", was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University.

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Library Journal Review

First published in the U.K. in 1937, this is the volume that introduced the world to hobbits, Middle-earth, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard, and the Ring of power. A new edition, formatted for younger readers, was released in August and features cover art by Peter S!s (ISBN 0-618-16221-6. $18; pap. ISBN 0-618-15082-X. $10). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Chapter I An Unexpected Partyp. 3
Chapter II Roast Muttonp. 27
Chapter III A Short Restp. 43
Chapter IV Over Hill and Under Hillp. 52
Chapter V Riddles in the Darkp. 64
Chapter VI Out of the Frying-Pan into the Firep. 84
Chapter VII Queer Lodgingsp. 103
Chapter VIII Flies and Spidersp. 128
Chapter IX Barrels Out of Bondp. 154
Chapter X A Warm Welcomep. 170
Chapter XI On the Doorstepp. 182
Chapter XII Inside Informationp. 191
Chapter XIII Not at Homep. 210
Chapter XIV Fire and Waterp. 221
Chapter XV The Gathering of the Cloudsp. 230
Chapter XVI A Thief in the Nightp. 240
Chapter XVII The Clouds Burstp. 246
Chapter XVIII The Return Journeyp. 257
Chapter XIX The Last Stagep. 265