The Hobbit - Ebook written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading. The Hobbit - Ebook written by J. R. R. Tolkien. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading. By Patricia Gray. Variable number of hobbits and other inhabitants of Middle Earth. It's unusual for a modern work to become a classic so quickly, but Tolkien's "ring" stories, which began with The Hobbit, clearly are in this very special category.
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Variable number of hobbits and other inhabitants of Middle Earth. This book is a prequel to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. to write this review because I noticed several overly negative reviews about a "Play" adaptation of Tolkein's classic. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children's fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children's literature. ME Games Ltd (formerly Middle-earth Play-by-Mail), which has won several Origins Awards, uses the Battle of Five Armies as an introductory. The first authorized adaptation of The Hobbit was a stage production by St. Margaret's School, . Rob Inglis adapted and performed a one-man theatre play of The Hobbit. . In , Eclipse comics published a three-part comic book adaptation with a script by Chuck Dixon and Sean Deming and illustrations by David.
An immediate success, it has gone on to sell million copies worldwide -- and burrow deep into the hearts of countless generations. Action a-go-go. Dragons, trolls, danger, a child-sized sword call "Sting" -- The Hobbit is stuffed with precisely the kind of literary red meat that turns kids into book carnivores.
Just ask C.
In fact, The Hobbit got its start with a thumb's up from a kid: a rave review from year-old Rayner Unwin. In , Rayner's father -- a British book publisher -- asked his son to read the manuscript. He was paid a shilling.
Here's the plot: Bilbo Baggins is a respectable hobbit -- think a half-sized human with a penchant for pipes and colorful waistcoats -- who hits the road with 13 dwarves and a wizard named Gandalf. The goal: retrieving treasure stolen by a dragon called Smaug. Bilbo encounters goblins, Wargs and a host of other creatures, including Gollum and his precious ring.
Home sweet hobbit-hole. Fans just don't read The Hobbit, they yearn to be hobbits, or at least live like them. No creatures in fiction are such cozy comfort seekers with their snug hobbit-hole homes and obsessively tended gardens. They are also the original foodies long before the term was even invented, insisting that "Second breakfast is the best breakfast.
Martin's , author Noble Smith notes that "Tolkien crafted Middle-earth in his mind, but the Hobbits sprang from his heart. And sing. The British writer met his wife of 54 years when he was 16 and she was The original show-me, don't tell me moralist.
Bookstores groan with tedious and usually unsold tomes aimed at children written by earnest adults eager to instill moral virtue: Cruelty is wrong, courage and hope are crucial, riches won't make you happy. Without a whiff of finger wagging, The Hobbit has effortlessly imparted those messages for 75 years. Just listen to the dwarf Thorin's dying words to Bilbo: "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
Little folk, big themes. Growing numbers of academics and theologians agree. In addition to hilarious scenes involving bickering dwarves stuffed into barrels and scary encounters with dragons, The Hobbit also illuminates how the journey transforms Bilbo, making him more compassionate and generous. Gateway drug for geeks. Did Tolkien linger in obscurity until Peter Jackson's movies? Not exactly. The Oxford Beowulf expert was inspiring obsessive adoration back when Jackson was a New Zealand schoolboy.
Hippies in the s embraced Tolkien while in Led Zeppelin released the song Misty Mountain Hop referring to the gloomy mountain range Bilbo and company must cross. The Complete Tolkien Companion by J.
Martin's offers a page A-to-Z guide to Middle-earth minutiae. First published in , it has, no doubt, been saddening countless parents ever since who wish their teenagers pored over their SAT study guides with the same demented fervor.
For many readers, Tolkien is the first author to introduce them to the joy of living in a magical alternative world for which Tolkien, a self-taught artist, created the visuals.
Friends with no benefits. Well, other than affection, companionship and plenty of belly laughs. For modern readers living in a sex-saturated society, The Hobbit is the asexual pause that refreshes. Friendship -- and only friendship -- is the name of the game in The Hobbit. Wizard with hobbit. Hobbit with dwarves.
Tolkien's world, and readers will find out more about his made-up languages and runes, as well as art inspired by this book and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Younger readers will also build up their vocabulary, so keep a dictionary handy. Words like "flummoxed" should be looked up so kids get the full enjoyment out of Tolkien's beautiful writing.
Positive Messages Shows how greed for riches can blind you and that peace is more important than shiny possessions. Also, that giving up the comforts of home is worth it for adventure, but it's always nice to find home again.
Throughout the book, a big value is placed on bravery, friendship, and using brains over brawn. Most heroically, he takes a stand against Thorin, hoping to show him that his greed for gold isn't worth spilling blood over.
Gandalf is a mentor for the dwarves and Bilbo, advising them on how to reach their goal and avoid danger but also imparting much wisdom along the way.
Violence Fights with a dragon, trolls, giant spiders, wood elves, goblins, and evil wolves. The dwarves and Bilbo are captured a few times, whipped once, almost cooked once, and strung upside down to be eaten later.
Swords and arrows kill in a big battle that includes some sad deaths. There's talk of how a dragon destroyed whole towns of men and dwarves around his hoard.
Bilbo has a creepy encounter in the dark with Gollum, who keeps thinking about how he'd like to eat him.
Few truly gory details except a goblin head and a wolf skin propped up on a gate. Sex "Hell" spelled "'ell" and "curse it! Drinking, too, by dwarves, elves, and Gandalf.
Two elves fall asleep drinking.