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The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again

     by Tolkien, J. R. R.

The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again

Bilbo Baggins is content to live a peaceful life like most hobbits until one day Gandolf the wizard appears on his doorstep inviting him to join a dangerous adventure. After wrestling with his inner self as to whether to follow his father's passive nature or his mother's adventurous spirit, Bilbo finds himself on the road with Gandolf and a clan of dwarfs determined to regain stolen treasures guarded by the dragon Smaug. The small group is aided along their journey by elves, eagles and a skin-changer named Beorn as they face trolls, goblins, and wargs determined to stop them. As the perilous journey continues, Bilbo discovers strength, courage and cunning that he has never before believed possible. 

Tolkien's many tales of Middle Earth have won him the love of readers around the world. His work has been the benchmark for generations of fantasy writers. Bilbo Baggins' odyssey is a timeless story that should be shared by readers of all ages. Those who wish to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy should first read The Hobbit.

Reviewed by ld, 12/01. Other reviews by ld.