The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit

By J. R. R. Tolkien

  • Release Date: 2009-04-20
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 452 Ratings
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Read the definitive edition of Bilbo Baggins’ adventures in middle-earth in this classic bestseller behind this year’s biggest movie.

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar.

Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of Five Armies are just some of the adventures that befall Bilbo.

Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children’s fiction. Written by Professor Tolkien for his own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when published.


‘One of the best loved characters in English fiction… a marvellous fantasy adventure’
Daily Mail

‘Finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls… an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, working up to a devastating climax’
The Observer

‘A flawless masterpiece’
The Times

About the author

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.



    By SMARTE person
    These and the Lord of the Rings are without a doubt the world's finest and most enchanting books. Tolkien was simply astoundingly gifted. He had an incredible talent for making his works simply come alive and seem so believable. The books are flawless and run together perfectly. I adore the characters and the fresh take on mythical creatures... No pink unicorns and Santa's elves here! These books literally changed my life and I have been obsessed with them for years. If I was only given the choice of being able to read one series of books in a lifetime, I would without a doubt make it the Tolkien series.
  • A timeless masterpiece

    By Med8911
    A timeless materpiece.
  • Classic

    By Ethos11
    An amazing Journey, classic of tales!
  • Amazing

    By Ellepee88
    Loved the book,found it hard to not get lost in middle earth<3
  • An unexpected adventure

    By Calvanite
    Very good tale of heroic deeds, fierce action, and teeth clenching suspense. If you have seen the movie you've only experienced a tiny portion of the treacherous journey. Become the 15th member of Thorin Oakensheilds party and embark on the journey you were born to set out on.

    By Matthew9390
    This book is amazing. Way better than the movie on so many levels. I liked it so much I wouldn't stop reading in class for 3 days.
  • The hobbit

    By Redrocket508
    An amazing adventure story!
  • Best Book EVER!!!!!

    By Thomas8190
    Best book I have ever read!!!
  • Well written ... I enjoyed the entire book,,,,:))

    By Gemmarl
    Full of adventure
  • The Hobbit

    By Activegirl46
    I am a person who doesn't like to read but this book is the most amazing book I have ever read. I am speechless. I don't even have the words to explain the book. It is amazing!