The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo ...

Details The Hobbit

TitleThe Hobbit
Release DateAug 15th, 2002
PublisherHoughton Mifflin
Number of pages366 pages
GenreFantasy, Classics, Fiction, Adventure, Young Adult, Science Fiction Fantasy, High Fantasy, Childrens, Epic Fantasy, Literature

Reviews The Hobbit

  • Matt
    Some books are almost impossible to review. If a book is bad, how easily can we dwell on its flaws! But if the book is good, how do you give any recommendation that is equal the book? Unless you are an author of equal worth to the one whose work you review, what powers of prose and observation are you likely to have to fitly adorn the work? 'The Hobbit' is at one level simply a charming adventure story, perhaps one of the most charming and most a...
  • Scott
    There are some days when I actually think that the humble Hobbit is superior to it's bohemoth brother, The Lord of the Rings . It's a much tighter story, and Bilbo is a much more appeal character than is Frodo. I also just love this poem, from The HobbitFar over the misty mountains coldTo dungeons deep and caverns oldWe must away ere break of dayTo seek the pale enchanted gold.The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,While hammers fell like ringin...
  • Inge
    EDIT 03/06/2015: I've just about had it with people trying to change my mind on every Tolkien review I've written. Please don't comment if you're going to complain. I'm glad you enjoy his work, but I've given him more than a fair try, and I simply don't like his story-telling. I am actually allowed to feel that way, no matter how scandalous you find that idea. Thank you. To be fair, it really is a cool story. Mr Tolkien’s imagination is endless...
  • Jason Koivu
    From a hole in the ground came one of my favorite characters of all time, the very reluctant and unassuming hero, Bilbo Baggins. As a child, The Hobbit sparked my young imagination, causing wonderful daydreams and horrible nightmares. As a teen, the book made me want to become a writer of fantastical tales...or go shoeless, live in a hole and smoke a pipe. As an adult, Tolkien's novel maintains within me a link to my childhood, safekeeping cheris...
  • Ben Alderson
    JUST AMAZING! FUN AND BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE! I HAD TO READ THE END AGAIN BECAUSE OF MY LOVEhow they made three films out of this impresses me!
  • Traveller
    Maybe one day soon I'll write a proper review of The Hobbit.In the meantime, I want to say this:If you are a child, you need to read this for Gollum's riddles.If you are an adult, you need to read this book to children (if you don't have children, rent borrow some) for at least one opportunity to roleplay Gollum.Becuz GOLLUM ROOOLZ!!!!! See here, he even won an award!! (PS. Since Gollum features so strongly in this review, here is an intere...
  • Will Byrnes
    In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Books exist in time and place and our experience of them is affected by the specific time and place in which we encounter them. Sometimes an uplifting or inspiring book can change the path of a life that has wandered onto a wrong course. Sometimes a book, discovered early on, can form part of the foundation of who we are. Or, discovered late, can offer insight into the journey we have taken to date. S...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    To call this the epitome in which all high fantasy should be judged does not quite suffice; this is simply one of the best books that has ever been written or will ever be written. The Hobbit defines the high fantasy genre along with its sequel, of course, and has been an inspiration to countless authors and readers alike. Tolkien, quite literally, kick started a genre that would eventually capture the hearts of thousands of people. He changed th...
  • Joe
    This book?Precious.
  • Ana
    The book is almost always better than the movie, and The Hobbit is the prime example of this sentiment. I have spoken.
  • julio
    this is not a review.this is and a buddy saw the first two films in the peter jackson trilogy (for a second time) this weekend. he says he loves actor lee pace just like i do, but that his character, thranduil, was campy as fuck and also what the hell were they even thinking?to which i reply:y'all know i like 'em long, lean, and unavailable.aint nobody gon' talk shyt 'bout muh boo.ACTIVATE MEME BATTURR
  • Mohammed Arabey
    The Plot القصهThe Action الاحداثThe Settings الاماكنThe Characters الشخصياتBut.. The Oscar Goes to.. J.R.R. Tolkien for BEST STORYTELLER فعلا لعل اكثر ما اعجبني في رحلتي مع الهوبيت ..تلك الرحله غير المتوقعه ليهو اسلوب روايه جي ار ار تولكين للقصه فله اسلوب مميز بالفعل في الحكي, كانه يروي وهو يج...
  • Alejandro
    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.R.R. 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 w...
  • Lyn
    “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”So begins J.R.R. Tolkien’s love letter to fantasy literature.A reader to this timeless classic will first notice that this is a first person narration, the reader hears Tolkien’s voice as he na...
  • Ryan
    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.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 t...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    What makes The Hobbit such a seminal work in the fantasy genre? Is it the nine hours of over-budget, sensorially explosive movies by Peter Jackson? Nope. Is it a complex tale of multiple human kingdoms slaughtering each other for an Iron Throne with buckets of blood and guts and plenty of sex? Nope. Is it simply wonderful writing. As simple and boring as that. Does that mean that I was incredibly disappointed in the movie adaptation (not to say a...
  • seak
    Amazing.-----------------The above was my first review of this and really summed things up quite succinctly. Below is actually a review of the first of the trilogy of movies following The Hobbit (kinda).-----------------There have been lots of thoughts on this movie already, but I felt I needed to add my two cents, because, well, lots of people are just plain wrong.Okay, maybe people have good reason to be disappointed with The Hobbit: An Unexpec...
  • Manny
    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. As I said in my review of The Lord of the Rings, for me Tolkien is all about language. 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 ...
  • Evgeny
    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 guy...
  • Miquel Reina
    The Hobbit is probably my favorite book of all times. I should meditate a bit more, but for sure it is between my three favorite books! :D I think the Hobbit is a tale rather than a novel, a tale for adults. I love the contrast between the quiet, comfortable and almost boring life of Bilbo against the adventure full of dangers that he will live with the dwarves. For me, The Hobbit is a metaphor of life, with a strong and clear moral that we all l...
  • Barry Pierce
    I really hate fantasy. However I do consider myself a "reader". Therefore I feel obliged to read the works of Tolkien cos well... he's a pretty major name in 20th-century English literature. *sighs* The things I do for the love of books.I was apprehensive when I started this. I was introduced to hobbits and dwarves and wizards and I very nearly quit on page 16. However I decided to continue with one thought circling in my head, "it's just a bit o...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    610. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkienنمیدانم چندبار این هابیت را خوانده ام، همیشه تا نام بیلبو را میشنوم پرواز میکنم، لابد شمایان هم فیلمش را دیده ایدهابیت - جی.آر.آر. تالکین (پنجره، و ...) ادبیات فانتزی انگلستانهابیتها گونه ای از موجودات خیالی در رمانهای تالکین هستند که...
  • Eh?Eh!
    I wish I could count this among my childhood nostalgia books.I remember trying to read this book in grade-school and stopping because there was too much boring scenery and background. I must've been too young because it isn't boring at all, and there isn't all that much scenery as I'd thought and hardly any background. But as I kept reading, this flipped into a feeling that I'm reading this far too old, not young. The voice of the narrator is odd...
  • Chantal
    Sono così contenta di aver finalmente letto qualcosa di Tolkien! Lo Hobbit é stato un ottimo inizio e l'ho trovato meraviglioso. L'avventura che ha vissuto Bilbo mi ha talmente rapita che sembrava stessi vivendo tutte le loro spiacevoli e, a volte, piacevoli vicende. Inoltre Bilbo l'ho decisamente amato come protagonista, si è rivelato parecchio coraggioso pur essendo un Hobbit! Il finale mi ha lasciato una forte nostalgia dentro perché, ovvi...
  • Loederkoningin
    The Hobbit and LOTR are so epic that even now when I go on a hike, I always pretend that my chocolate chip cookies to go are actually Lembas.
  • Jadranka
    Kako napisati review za najomiljeniju knjigu ikada? Nikako, zato ovo i nije klasičan review.Već nekoliko godina, sestra i ja imamo običaj da pred kraj godine čitamo baš Hobita, to je naša mala tradicija kojom obeležavamo kraj jedne i početak nove godine. Knjige dolaze i prolaze, ali samo za pojedine možemo da kažemo da su nas oblikovale kao čitaoce.Hobit je jedna od tih knjiga za mene.A evo kako je sve počelo:Znate ono čuveno pitanje...
  • Mario
    I am so ashamed that I haven't picked up this book sooner. What is wrong with me?But anyway, brilliant story. Tolkien's writing really is extraordinary. I also liked the songs and illustrations (even thought there weren't many of them). So I'll definitely be reading LoTR soon.Only 'problem' I had with it, is that I had huge expectations going into this book (mostly because the movies were so damn good), and they all weren't quite met. But never m...
  • Emily May
    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, to this day, the single most boring book I have ever read. That's including The Globalization of World Politics. And Moby-Dick. I feel like I'm missing something with all of Tolkien's work. I don't get the love :(