A must read for any fantasy lover! Set before the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, discover how the “One ring to rule them all” first came into possession of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Join Bilbo, a band of merry dwarves, and the wizard Gandalf the Grey as they set out on a quest to reclaim Erebor from Smaug, the dragon. This book has a more lighthearted feel than the subsequent trilogy, quite possibly due to the fact that this adventure is headed toward a hopeful future rather than certain doom if all should fail, despite how each decision made in this story sets in motion the events to follow. — Hannah Odasz
A perfectly breezy little fantasy adventure that gets you all the Middle-Earth you need. A favorite of mine as a child, it read a lot different to me as an adult... no longer was I charmed by the angry sword-swinging King Under The Mountain, rather I was disturbed by how he is driven mad by immense wealth, his unleashing of a natural disaster (dragon) on innocent civilians, and his refusal to take responsibility for his actions. Very familiar! If you haven't read this since you were young, you owe it to yourself to revisit this classic. — Reilly Hadden
The stirring adventure that begins The Lord of the Rings, the greatest fantasy epic of all time
When Thorin Oakenshield and his band of dwarves embark upon a dangerous quest to reclaim the hoard of gold stolen from them by the evil dragon Smaug, Gandalf the wizard suggests an unlikely accomplice: Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming Hobbit dwelling in peaceful Hobbiton.
Along the way, the company faces trolls, goblins, giant spiders, and worse. But as they journey from the wonders of Rivendell to the terrors of Mirkwood and beyond, Bilbo will find that there is more to him than anyone—himself included—ever dreamed. Unexpected qualities of courage and cunning, and a love of adventure, propel Bilbo toward his great destiny . . . a destiny that waits in the dark caverns beneath the Misty Mountains, where a twisted creature known as Gollum jealously guards a precious magic ring.
About the Author
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of 81.