The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children's fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. The story reaches its climax in the Battle of the Five Armies, where many of the characters and creatures from earlier chapters re-emerge to engage. The publishers rejected The Silmarillion, figuring the people wanted more about hobbits, not a story about some land distant to them. Its second edition (fifth impression) contains a significantly revised portion of. Chapter V, “Riddles in the Dark,” which brings the story of The Hobbit more in .
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The Hobbit Book Covers through the Ages As the story of Bilbo's travels continues to stand the test of time, its cover art adapts. Books by nbafinals.infon - The Hobbit - Editions. A major part of my . The original Gollum was less crazed and degraded by his long association with the Ring. All copies of the Hobbit, from the 1st impression to the last are available in this Tolkien rare book shop.
Thorin, the important Dwarf and company leave from the Green Dragon in May, accompanied by the wizard Gandalf and having employed Mr. Baggins as their lucky number 14 and as a burglar. Certainly there had been wizards, magicians and sages in literature before , but Gandalf in many respects is THE wizard.
Chapter 5 — Riddles in the Dark. After some fairly pedestrian undertakings Tolkien has Bilbo getting lost in a deep cave and introduces us to one of his and literatures greastest, most complicated, and strangely likeable villains, Gollum. Kurt Vonnegut mentioned that as soon as the science fiction label was affixed to his name many critics would not take him seriously. The Hobbit is a great example that sometimes critics can be myopic and time will tell the true greats.
The prologue to a great trilogy, simple and charming, The Hobbit is a great book by itself. Finally, this review is of a re-visit to The Hobbit, after a hiatus of perhaps 30 years. I rarely will re-read a book, there are just so many great books and so little time — but The Hobbit is one of those special works that can be savored and enjoyed again and again. View all 37 comments. Dec 06, Manny rated it really liked it. I love the feeling of connectedness you get when you've wondered about something for a long time, and finally discover the answer.
I had a great example of that yesterday. I must have read The Hobbit when I was about 8, and even at that age I was fascinated by his made-up names. They sort of made sense, but not quite.
Then, when I was 21, I learned Swedish, and suddenly there were many things in Middle Earth th I love the feeling of connectedness you get when you've wondered about something for a long time, and finally discover the answer. Then, when I was 21, I learned Swedish, and suddenly there were many things in Middle Earth that came into focus!
Of course, the Wargs get their name from the Swedish varg , wolf. But I never figured out why Bilbo was teasing the spiders in Mirkwood by calling them "attercop". Now I know. It's an archaic English word related to the modern Norwegian word for spider, edderkopp. The Swedish word, spindel , comes from a different root. I've thought about that for over 40 years.
See how much fun it is to acquire a new language? View all 51 comments. Buddy read with Fares and I could not be more excited! Edit after finishing: So I'm bawling right now. Every time I have to say goodbye, I just can't bear it.
Full review to come. Since this is a buddy read with the awesome Fares , my review will be chapter by chapter, accompanied by appropriate gifs and quotes every two days. Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party. This is giving me such nostalgia! Underrated quote: The hobbit was a very well-to-do hobbit, and his name was Baggins.
The Bagginses have live Buddy read with Fares and I could not be more excited! The Bagginses have lived in the neighbourhood of The Hill for time out of mine, and most people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected; you could tell what a Baggins would say on any question without the bother of asking him.
This is the story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. Roast Mutton Tolkien's humour is really underappreciated: For your hospitality our sincerest thanks, and for your offer of professional assistance our grateful acceptance.
Or another gem: A short rest What I love about this chapter is that it establishes my favourite ship, Bilbo X Rivendell. All jokes aside, it is the chapter where Bilbo discovers a lifelong connection with Rivendell, a place that will ultimately provide him with respite and comfort in his late years. They stayed long in that good house, fourteen days at least, and they found it hard to leave.
Bilbo would gladly have stopped there for ever and ever. Chapter 4: Over Hill and Under Hill When he peeped out in the lightning flashes, he saw that across the valley the stone-giants were out, and were hurling rocks at one another for a game, and catching them, and tossing them down into the darkness where they smashed among the trees far below, or splintered into little bits with a bang, Chapter 5: Riddles in the dark Gollum had no sword.
Gollum had not actually threatened to kill him. Or tried to yet. And he was miserable, alone, lost. A sudden understanding, a pity mixed with horror, welled up within Bilbo's heart: All these thoughts passed in a flash of a second.
If it weren't for Bilbo's empathy at that moment and he had decided to kill Gollum, Frodo and Sam would have had Gollum to help them make it to Mordor on a more secret path. Bilbo's empathy saved Middle Earth. Think about that. Deep stuff. Chapter 6: Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire Unpopular opinion time: I love the Hobbit movies with all my heart.
That bromance is the best. This chapter has some great lines by the dwarves, especially underrated ones like Dori and Balin. There are wargs, goblins and of course, Eagles in this one. The Eagles are cool and neutral assholes as usual. You know, as the saying goes, don't risk a feather for a mortal.
I totally made that up, but that's how they are What did I tell you? Chapter 7: Queer Lodgings I love this chapter so much. I love Beorn. I can relate to him - he's a vegetarian who loves nature, animals and plants.
And he's a bee keeper! It's as if Tolkien predicted our bee crisis and rise in vegetarianism. Beorn is the Tom Bombadil of the Hobbit - he doesn't care for shiny things, rings and gems. He just loves his nature. I love how Gandalf introduces the hobbits!
We get spoiled by Gandalf's sharpened-by-a-whetstone-wit and Beorn's hilarious sense of humour! There are some tantalising parts of this chapter where Beorn wants to know the story of the company's journey thus far. However, there are some weird bits like the dogs serving food on their hind legs and Bears dancing outside in the moonlight.
This is the whimsical side of Tolkien I love! Gandalf leaves the dwarves to journey through Mirkwood alone. Some of my favourites quotes: At any rate he under no enchantment but his own. He lives in an -oak-wood and has a great wooden house; and as a man he keeps cattle and horses which are nearly as marvellous as himself.
They work for him and talk to him. He does not eat them; neither does he hunt or eat wild animals. Beorn was jolly for a change; indeed he seemed to be in splendidly good humour and set them all laughing with his funny stories; nor did they have to wonder long where he had been or why he was so nice to them, for hetold them himself. He had been over the river and right back up into the mountains - from which you can guess that he could travel quickly, in bear's shape at any rate.
From the burnt wolf-glade he had soon found out that part of their story was true; but he had found more than that: From these he had got the news; the goblins patrols were hunting with Wargs for the dwarves and they were angry because of the death of the Goblin King. Side note: I wanted to share something special with all my reading buddies. This is the exact copy of The Hobbit my aunt gave me ten years ago for my 11th birthday. I've read it about eight times. It is the book that got me into reading and eventually got me two Tolkien tattoos and a lifetime of love.
What I love about The Hobbit is that the protagonist isn't some young person with strength and energy to boot - he's a middle-aged guy who finally lives a life of adventure.
It's a message that anyone out there can have an adventure despite their age. Where there's life there's hope. I've been thinking a lot of how many stars giving to the book, since there were parts that I loved a lot, but there were others that I found tedious and even anti-climatic, but in respect to this great writer, J.
Tolkien, I think that the book deserves at least 4-stars rating with which I feel easy since I am not giving it a full rating but also I am not punishing it for things that maybe a future re-reading will solve. In a hole in the ground there lived a Where there's life there's hope. Anyway, it's amazing how with this line It's so fantastic to think how Tolkien felt the impulse to write down this line, and from it, a whole epic universe came into life.
I loved to read when some book came up from a dream like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or from an unknown impulse, like in these case. I watched at some moment a documentary abour Tolkien's work and I learned how he was looking for a mythology, in the sense like the Nordic one or the Greek one, to call as own on England, and it was the trigger to creat such vast and appealing universe.
And even more interesting to choose its point of development, since the core books like this one, The Hobbit and the following trilogy of The Lord of the Rings , are located in an time where the magic is leaving the Middle-Earth and the age of men is becoming the important one. If you sit on the doorstep long enough, I daresay you will think of something. I think that certainly many people could love "more magic" in the main story, there would be others who enjoy the "more downed" tone with more "realistic" elements.
In that way, everybody can like this story since there is a good balance of magic and "terrenal" stuff. Thief, thief, thief! We hates it, we hates it, we hates it forever! Still, it was amazing how Tolkien could develop such impressive "sequel" from the book of The Hobbit with only editing one chapter, but definitely a key one. It's wonderful how the mood of the book is at hand with the maturing of Bilbo Baggins, the main protagonist, since the story started quite innocent and even with such humoristic moments and step by step is turning more and more serious, in the same way as Bilbo is getting more serious about his role in the mission.
My Precious, my Precious. The two introductions about characters that I absolutely loved were the Elrond's and Smaug's About Elrond He was as noble and fair in face as an elf-lord, as strong, as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer.
I mean If you are not impressed about a character when he or she is introduced in such way, well, I don't know what else you'd need. About Smaug My armour is like ten fold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!
Oh yes, right then, anybody without a ring of power on his finger should run like crazy and never NEVER stop to look behind. It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. Without spoiling anything really crutial, I think that my most favorite part were the moon-letters. I mean, secret messages that you can read only at certain position of the moon in the year Not with this moon.
Or something much like it I mean, it gives a promise that may that map has some other secrets in there, only to be revealed at the right position of the moon in the year. Obviously, Gandalf is a great character, but I think that it was "too" great and Tolkien had troubles to think about challenges to put into the travelling group and they could mean a real risk having a powerful wizard in the midst.
I understand. Gandalf rules! In here, about Smaug's fate Thanks to a very convenient failure in his armour that a hobbit that he doesn't know anything about warfare, he was able to deduce a weak point that many, many, many warfaring races weren't able to deduce? And so, this menace that it's been spoken about along the whole book It's killed with a single arrow and even the arrow is shot by a totally new character that you didn't know anything about until that moment?
Certainly, the first part of Peter Jackson's film adaptations gave him a lot of credit and respect, presenting him as a powerful leader, where in the book, he doesn't do anything useful. And in fact, I didn't find out why so many dwarves in the story since nobody did something particulary memorable.
At some moments, you think that Balin will become something more in the story but no, Bombur is only remembered by his weight that I found something cruel how he is treated in the story and even I thought that since Gloin is the father of Gimli, he would do something awesome at some moment but no.
So, why so many dwarves in the group if they won't do something useful in the story? I think Gimli, one single dwarf, did more to give a good name to the dwarf race in The Lord of the Rings , than 13 dwarves in the whole The Hobbit.
I loved the trolls! Maybe some people didn't get the most humoruous aspect of them. Bert, Tom and William!!! I don't know but I found that such amusing, that they had such common and "modern" names in the middle of such "epic fantasied" names. At the end, The Hobbit is a wonderful piece of writing where you find a totally new race in almost each chapter and not only you know the new race but also you get a "glimpse" realizing that behind of each race there is an extensive and rich history that you won't be able to know in its entirely way, adding more mystery to the whole universe created here.
View all 38 comments. Unpopular opinion time: I don't like The Hobbit. Before all of you start hating me forever, please, hear me out.
I truly respect J. R Tolkien. If I'm not mistaken, this was one of the first really popular fantasy books ever written. And fantasy just happens to be my favourite genre. So you can see why I really wanted to like this book.
I wanted to like it so much, in fact, that I have tried to read it three times now. But each time, I have had to DNF it.
I love The Lord of the Rings movies. I l Unpopular opinion time: I love The Hobbit movies. But I cannot, for the life of me, finish this book. Allow me to explain: I love beautiful descriptions in books, but when the description has been going on for more than four sentences, I'm out.
I get it. It's a really nice tree. Just get back to the story. Not much seemed to be happening. A page book somehow managed to seem like an page book. It was tedious. After the supposed "third time's a charm" attempt failed, I moved on to the films.
And I really enjoyed them. Well, I didn't like how they stretched one book into three movies, but that's a discussion for another time. The movies managed to keep everything I liked about the book, and cut out everything I didn't. Lovable characters and awesome world? No overly-descriptive writing? If you're one of those many people who adore this book with all of your heart and soul, great for you!
I'm glad you liked it. It's just not for me. And no, I will not try to finish this book again. That'd make four failed attempts. I've got to draw the line somewhere. I discussed this novel with my book club, Austentatious, here: View all 7 comments. Dec 05, Emily May rated it did not like it Shelves: In certain crowds, my rating and the words I'm about to write well, type would probably get me shot.
But The Hobbit is still one of the most boring books I have ever read. Tolkien's writing seems so dry and impersonal, though I can't deny he had a lot of fascinating ideas.
View all 25 comments. Now the route Mr. Bilbo Baggins transverses to seek adventure and a pot of gold As our story begins the Hobbit is having a quiet, delightful time drinking his tea and a nice breakfast, steps out the door from his hole in the ground the unkind would say blows a wonderful smoke ring And is the last one for many moons An old man, a stranger appears the polite hobbit greets him, Bilbo later regrets it often but that's further down the road.
The sociable Mr. Baggins invites the man who reveals himself to be the powerful, mystifying, lofty wizard Gandalf to tea The nervous hobbit, half the size of a human just wants to be left alone and enjoy his comfortable life which unfortunately doesn't occur, on the other hand the reader is greatly rewarded.
Next day a dwarf arrives Dwalin, than another Balin, and still more, two in fact, Kili and Fili, five then, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, and Gloin, this will in a short while pun intended be thirteen, no I haven't forgotten Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, and last very appropriately , the leader Thorin, they are a superstitious bunch.
The need for a fourteenth member is obvious you can't count a wizard , these creatures are eating, drinking at poor Bilbo's home Finally Gandalf comes and the purpose of the gathering disclosed, a bold plan to kill a huge dragon Smaug the Magnificent, take the vast priceless treasure, the winged fire breathing behemoth sits on, inside the very distant Lonely Mountain, the dwarves ancient home.
The reluctant Mr. Baggins agrees to go along, not too confidently , he can see disaster in his future Deadly monsters, goblins, wolves, unfriendly elves are between their goal, the sinister Misty Mountains, rivers to cross, lakes too, the dark thick forest Mirkwood, where evil giant spiders, sinister wizards, unfriendly wood-elves reside, with only a little stream to guide and follow , then Gandalf abandons them Still the frightened little hobbit becomes the leader, with the help of a magical ring.
The battle of five armies, a grisly fight where no quarter is given, an epic style end to this tale is the high point. This classic written in is the original, The Lord of the Rings are sequels and more magical than Mr. Bilbo Baggins band. If you wonder why someone would read a book for the third time all you need to do is get this title A trip in a world where you can forget your troubles and drop into one let's face it, quite interesting Juho Pohjalainen I read this book just about every year, and I never grow tired of it.
May 28, Henry Avila It is such an entertaining book May 29, The Oscar Goes to.. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat. You might try over The Hill or across The Water. View all 9 comments. Aug 19, Julio Genao rated it really liked it. Aug 03, Evgeny rated it really liked it Shelves: I find it hard to believe there are people who have no clue what the book is about.
Still the possibility exists so I will give the high points of the plot.
See there once was a hobbit a race entirely created by Tolkien and endlessly recycled since under name halflings - for copyright reasons named Bilbo Baggins.
Think a humanoid creature of about half of a grown-up adult human height with furry legs who goes barefoot - it is a hobbit. These guys live underground in holes similar to rabbit's, b I find it hard to believe there are people who have no clue what the book is about.
These guys live underground in holes similar to rabbit's, but much more comfortable. Speaking about comfort, they love it and for this reason never ever go adventuring. One fine day Bilbo was sitting outside minding his own business when Gandalf showed up. Gandalf was a wizard who gave birth to practically all mighty wizards appearing in any art form. Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter is probably the most famous example and yes, he would not exist without Gandalf.
Anyhow, for reasons entirely unclear through the whole book Gandalf decided to involve poor hobbit into a grand adventure - the kind where heroes go from a mortal danger to being miserable from hunger and weather having just escaped said danger and to yet another mortal danger again, still remaining miserable.
Who would not want it? By the way, this never-explain-your-reasons-and-motivations thingy is a trademark of all mighty wizards that come after Gandalf. And so off to a grand adventure Bilbo went, accompanied by 12 dwarves and Gandalf himself who kept them company only part way. Adventure they wanted, and adventure they got, full of misery and dangers.
I said it before and I will say it again at the risk of making some people very angry: If you are trying to find some deep philosophical meaning in it, you are wrong: You might as well find some hidden messages in Itsy Bitsy Spider.
Just look at Gandalf: As I said, a simple tale. It does not make the book bad by any means. It is a children classic for children and adults alike for a reason. I had a blast reading it in my childhood; I reread it later and liked it and I still like it after my latest reread. The rating is 4 very solid stars. May 08, Spencer Orey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Always excellent! We are working hard to bring more hobbit editions Paper jacket on stiff paper with Tolkien's color pencil illustration of Smaug over Lake Town.
Maps in black and white; no other illustrations. As in HM, no color illustrations, and maps in black and white. Pleasure in Reading Edition, 2nd Impression Unwin Books. Hardback with bound on dust wrapper. Ex-library — dust wrapper bound onto boards. Resized and end-papers removed. Introduction by R. Forest green simulated leather boards with red and gold gilt runic inscription around the periphery in front and a stylized road-going-into-forest-in-front-of-mountains illustration in gold gilt a little above center.
Matching slipcase in simulated leather with the same cover illustration on a paste-down in green, black, and yellow. Printed on heavy paper. All original illustrations from HM restored, including color plates. Black-and-white illustrations printed as black-and-green, maps in black and green, and each page neatline is in green. Continuation of BB Reset New Edition Hardback in slipcase.
Paperback in slipcase. Reset New Edition , 2nd Impression Unwin Paperbacks. Abrams, Inc.
All illustrations in full color, some fold-out. Illustrations printed directly on the front and back boards: front the company in the Misty Mountains during the storm; back Smaug's treasure.
Clear acetate jacket overlays the book title and author onto the boards' illustrations and augments the cover illustrations with Smaug's image.
In the front, he's flying around the mountain to attack the company, even though the illustration is of the Misty Mountains, not the Lonely Mountain. On the rear, Smaug lies on his hoard. Bilbo's ghostly image appears in the foreground. Hardback with dust wrapper in slipcase. First Methuen Edition October Reset New Edition , 6th Impression Illustrations by Eric Fraser.
Burgundy leather quarter-bound with remainder in burgundy cloth on boards. Gold gilt "maze" pattern on front and spine. End-paper maps in black, white and red; other illustrations in black and white. Light gray-green slipcase. Cover art has changed to Darrell K. Sweet's illustration of The Lord of the Eagles. Large Print Edition Barrie and The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald , both of which influenced Tolkien and contain fantasy elements, it is primarily identified as being children's literature.
Frank Baum and Lloyd Alexander alongside the works of Gene Wolfe and Jonathan Swift , which are more often considered adult literature. The Hobbit has been called "the most popular of all twentieth-century fantasies written for children". This down-to-earth style, also found in later fantasy such as Richard Adams ' Watership Down and Peter Beagle 's The Last Unicorn , accepts readers into the fictional world , rather than cajoling or attempting to convince them of its reality.
The narrator, who occasionally interrupts the narrative flow with asides a device common to both children's and Anglo-Saxon literature ,  has his own linguistic style separate from those of the main characters. For the most part of the book, each chapter introduces a different denizen of the Wilderland, some helpful and friendly towards the protagonists, and others threatening or dangerous.
However the general tone is kept light-hearted, being interspersed with songs and humour. One example of the use of song to maintain tone is when Thorin and Company are kidnapped by goblins, who, when marching them into the underworld, sing: Clap!
Grip, grab! Pinch, nab! And down down to Goblin-town You go, my lad! This onomatopoeic singing undercuts the dangerous scene with a sense of humour. Tolkien achieves balance of humour and danger through other means as well, as seen in the foolishness and Cockney dialect of the trolls and in the drunkenness of the elven captors. This journey of maturation, where Bilbo gains a clear sense of identity and confidence in the outside world, may be seen as a Bildungsroman rather than a traditional quest.
Bilbo steals the Arkenstone—a most ancient relic of the dwarves—and attempts to ransom it to Thorin for peace.
However, Thorin turns on the Hobbit as a traitor, disregarding all the promises and "at your services" he had previously bestowed. Tolkien also explores the motif of jewels that inspire intense greed that corrupts those who covet them in the Silmarillion, and there are connections between the words "Arkenstone" and " Silmaril " in Tolkien's invented etymologies.
An important concept in anthropology and child development , animism is the idea that all things—including inanimate objects and natural events, such as storms or purses, as well as living things like animals and plants—possess human-like intelligence. John D. Rateliff calls this the " Doctor Dolittle Theme" in The History of the Hobbit, and cites the multitude of talking animals as indicative of this theme. These talking creatures include ravens, a thrush, spiders and the dragon Smaug, alongside the anthropomorphic goblins and elves.
Patrick Curry notes that animism is also found in Tolkien's other works, and mentions the "roots of mountains" and "feet of trees" in The Hobbit as a linguistic shifting in level from the inanimate to animate.
The first men to talk of 'trees and stars' saw things very differently. To them, the world was alive with mythological beings To them the whole of creation was 'myth-woven and elf-patterned'. He portrays Bilbo as a modern anachronism exploring an essentially antique world.
Bilbo is able to negotiate and interact within this antique world because language and tradition make connections between the two worlds. For example, Gollum's riddles are taken from old historical sources, while those of Bilbo come from modern nursery books.
It is the form of the riddle game, familiar to both, which allows Gollum and Bilbo to engage each other, rather than the content of the riddles themselves. This idea of a superficial contrast between characters' individual linguistic style, tone and sphere of interest, leading to an understanding of the deeper unity between the ancient and modern, is a recurring theme in The Hobbit. In many ways the Smaug episode reflects and references the dragon of Beowulf , and Tolkien uses the episode to put into practice some of the ground-breaking literary theories he had developed about the Old English poem in its portrayal of the dragon as having bestial intelligence.
The Hobbit may be read as Tolkien's parable of World War I with the hero being plucked from his rural home and thrown into a far-off war where traditional types of heroism are shown to be futile.
As Janet Croft notes, Tolkien's literary reaction to war at this time differed from most post-war writers by eschewing irony as a method for distancing events and instead using mythology to mediate his experiences. Well, it seems a very gloomy business. Lewis, friend of Tolkien and later author of The Chronicles of Narnia between and , writing in The Times reports: The truth is that in this book a number of good things, never before united, have come together: a fund of humour, an understanding of children, and a happy fusion of the scholar's with the poet's grasp of mythology The professor has the air of inventing nothing.
He has studied trolls and dragons at first hand and describes them with that fidelity that is worth oceans of glib "originality. Auden , in his review of the sequel The Fellowship of the Ring calls The Hobbit "one of the best children's stories of this century".
The Hobbit was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction of the year Instead of approaching The Hobbit as a children's book in its own right, critics such as Randell Helms picked up on the idea of The Hobbit as being a "prelude", relegating the story to a dry-run for the later work.
Countering a presentist interpretation are those who say this approach misses out on much of the original's value as a children's book and as a work of high fantasy in its own right, and that it disregards the book's influence on these genres.