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"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and those who are going to read them." Sunday Times

"A finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls... an exciting epic of travel and magical adventure, all working up to a devastating climax." Observer

"A flawless masterpiece ... One of the most influential books of our generation." The Times

"The Hobbit is quite simply a must read, a real delight." Fantasy Book Review

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. logo logo

Reader reviews

from Round the roundabout


Great book and all but a little confusing at times as well.

from Spain


I think the book is really boring. It is really hard to understand for me (I am 16 and I am from Spain). I think it is overrated and my expectations were better. The story was realy fake and the fantasy sucks.

from North America


This book is a great introduction (and standalone) for anyone interested in reading the Lord of the Rings! I\'ve seen a lot of complaints about the book being too \"complicated,\" but I had this book read aloud to me at 8 years of age and I understood it just fine. This book is narrated beautifully with dark and light themes of heroism and with characters that you don\'t easily forget. Tolkien is a magnificent writer and this is a book that you don\'t want to pass up.

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