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The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien

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Published: November 1995
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Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services - as a burglar - on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo’s life is never to be the same again.

The Hobbit became an instant success when it was first published in 1937, and more than 60 years later Tolkien’s epic tale of elves, dwarves, trolls, goblins, myth, magic and adventure, with its reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins, has lost none of its appeal.

Now, the classic hardback edition is available once again. Featuring the distinctive cover illustration painted by Tolkien himself, it has been redesigned to match the popular hardback editions of the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings, which also feature Tolkien’s cover illustrations.

About the Author

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide. The Children of Hurin was published for the first time in 2007.

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Pros

  • Compelling Characters
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Great For Any Age
  • Original Story
  • Takes You To Another World
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
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    • Reference
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

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    Great book for all lord of the rings fans everywhere.

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    With its map end papers, runic decoration and sampler-like colour plates of Rivendell and Hobbiton-across-the-Water, this edition of the seminal fantasy of the 20th century (its hero half romantic adventurer, half home-loving Hobbit) is a joy. (8-11 yrs) (Kirkus UK)

    J.R.R. Tolkien

    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

    His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shone in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called The Book of Lost Tales but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

    In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

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    ISBN: 9780261103283
    ISBN-10: 0261103288
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: November 1995
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 14.9  x 3.0
    Weight (kg): 0.52
    Edition Number: 70
    Edition Type: Special edition