The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

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Special collector's film tie-in hardback of the best-selling classic, featuring the complete story with a sumptuous cover design inspired by THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and brand new reproductions of all the drawings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely…


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This is another already popular series that has been around for ages. I guess I’m partial to older books as they are mostly clean reading due to the era. The Hobbit is a wonderful tale of unexpected adventure, bravery, overcoming, and acceptance in the world of middle earth where strange and wonderful creatures abound. Fairies, elves, dwarves, hobbits, and goblins abound in a masterfully described world. These books were also a catalyst to my own writing. As a fairly new author since 2017, I couldn’t write contrary to my beliefs, and these wonderful stories show that it can be done…

One of the earliest books I read when I was a child, Tolkein’s The Hobbit opened the doors for me to the fantasy world. Following the adventure of a hobbit and his dwarf companions, you end up yearning for more of this wonderous world beyond what’s written on the pages. An extremely detailed novel that immerses you from start to finish, leaving you fulfilled. 

Tolkien seems to be an obvious choice for a fantasy author. But The Hobbit was my first in the genre. Why would I recommend it? I grew up the only ‘reader’ in my house. None in my family understood how I could spend an entire day with my nose in a book. I’ll never forget the day my younger brother, and I talked about it. He said he hated reading. I told him he hadn’t found the kind he liked yet and handed him The Hobbit. So many years later, we are book buddies. I still spend time in…

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy I consider to be one book because its an epic in every sense of the word in terms of combining fantasy themes, and theological and philosophical concepts that motivate the reader to take in every single line, page, character, and dialogue as though the world was literally being conjured in reality. These works fuel my soul as both a traditional Catholic and a storyteller.   

From Peter's list on classic speculative literature.

To refuse to overlook someone simply because they are small in stature or seem, in our eyes, to be small in courage or heart – there are few things that are more fueled by a sense of wonder than that. Wonder refuses to dismiss the seemingly insignificant or weak. This story embraces whimsical fun and the importance of wonder all at once and will forever be one of my favorites.

From Alexandria's list on fantasy to reignite your sense of wonder.

Other stories have children heroes, C.S. Lewis' Narnia series or Phillip Pullman's The Golden Compass, but it is Tolkien's Bilbo, smaller than a dwarf, living a dull, sedentary life, who rises to the occasion repeatedly to achieve the story's Quest that influenced me. I liked Tolkien's fluidity of identity too: a man can become a bear, a dragon can speak, eagles be heroic, or wolves think and hunt with malice. Sam and his father encounter a riddling sea monster, living mountains, and other novel characters.

In my opinion no fantasy list is complete without something from Tolkien. Though not the first fantasy book I ever read, that would be The Wizard of Oz, at the time it opened to me a world where even the little guy matters more than anyone can know. The magic in general was more mundane and accomplished through little acts of courage in most cases with moments of bright fireworks. It was the team, the comradery, and the relationships that mattered to pull the characters through their challenges and even one person could tip the balance in the end.…

I have read The Hobbit three times to date. As someone who is fascinated by magic—this is a story of magic. A small six toed person embarks on a journey that requires all of his courage and a lot of help from his friends. Now I come to think of it, that is the theme for all of my books, except for the six toes). I fell in love with the different characters and learned how they make or break a good story. I also learned that persistence pays off; that being fearful can be overcome.

From Maureen's list on how magic can change your life.

A real page-turner, The Hobbit is an amazing tale of adventure and valor. Set in the fantasy realm of middle-earth, I love how Tolkien’s artistry with words, masterfully paints scene after scene about a magical world where creatures talk and everything from the trees to the mountains seems alive.

I adore the main character, Bilbo Baggins, a funny, fat, hairy-footed Hobbit who never-ever dreamt of leaving his comfortable Hobbit-Hole. After he’s recruited as a burglar by a party of dwarves and thrust into adventure, Bilbo discovers a magical ring, which makes him invisible. With this boon and facing adversaries such…

The first time I read The Hobbit was when I was in school. Immediately, I was transported into the world Tolkien made. From the little hobbits of the Shire to the elves of Mirkwood. What fascinated me the most, however, was Smaug. The terrible dragon guarding a hoard of treasure. Smaug sees himself as this almighty creature. As powerful as he is clever. If you’re fond of powerful dragons with intense scenes, this is the book for you.

From Mikayla's list on ferocious and fantastic dragons.

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