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The Hobbit

(1937)
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 306
Personal Rating: 8/10
Amazon: 4.5/5
Goodreads: 4.5/5
Bindings:Paper Back
Series:
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Classifications:Fantasy
Action
Synopsis:
"Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse, unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo—alone and unaided—who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside..."
Reaction:
Classic story and a seminal part of literary history. Every kid should read or have it read to them.
Trivia:
This book was turned into a stand-alone movie by Rankin Bass back in 1977, and a trilogy of movies directed by Peter Jackson from 2012 to 2014.
The first authorized adaptation of The Hobbit appeared in March 1953, a stage production by St. Margaret's School, Edinburgh.
On first publication in October 1937, The Hobbit was met with almost unanimously favorable reviews from publications both in the UK and the US, including The Times, Catholic World and The New York Post.
In the first edition of The Hobbit, Gollum willingly bets his magic ring on the outcome of the riddle-game, and he and Bilbo part amicably. In the second edition edits, to reflect the new concept of the ring and its corrupting abilities, Tolkien made Gollum more aggressive towards Bilbo and distraught at losing the ring. The encounter ends with Gollum's curse, "Thief! Thief, Thief, Baggins! We hates it, we hates it, we hates it forever!" This presages Gollum's portrayal in The Lord of the Rings.