- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4483 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345534832
- Publisher: HarperCollins (20 April 2009)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007322607
- ISBN-13: 978-0007322602
- ASIN: B002RI9ZY0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 10,384 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With these words we are introduced to Middle Earth. The Hobbit is a timeless classic, which is a tale of Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.
This book was written in 1937 and even today it is a best seller all over the world. The way Tolkien narrates the story you will know he is a master of his trade right away from the first page. This book started it all, the Lord of the rings, Simarillion, Beren and Luthien, Children of Hurin and the multi-million dollar industry. But at it's heart this is a simple children's story which Tolkien wrote for his own children and that's why it works.
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As others have mentioned, the first edition of The Hobbit is not within most folks budget and so I was quite excited to see this offered many years ago. I'm not sure I am going to actual pore over it and check to see what the differences between the first edition and subsequent ones (Rateliff's The History of the Hobbit does that). But just to look at it and page through it is worth the purchase price.
It is a wonderful addition to my bookcase!
Having watched the three Hobbit films a few years back, and having only a vague recollection of their events, I was unsure what to expect when I started this book, needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love reading classical literature that has this beautiful old-timey English and the Hobbit was no exception, the wonder and pureness of it never fails to transport me into days gone by.
Bilbo is a funny, likeable character who’s thoughts actions and conversations are so wonderfully innocent that I immediately fell in love with him. His character evolution throughout the book made reading this a true delight. My only complaint is that I didn’t read this sooner.
It really isn’t difficult to see why this book became a classic and I honestly believe that regardless of your age, knowledge of middle-earth or affinity for the fantasy genre, there’s something that everyone can take away from reading this.
I would imagine it would be quite difficult to find someone who didn't know the tale of The Hobbit, at the very least from the movies. But The Hobbit, the novel, is something else entirely and an experience all its own. Tolkien's narrative is lyrical, completely compelling and, whilst not nonsensical at all, has a whimsical feel to it akin to Alice in Wonderland. I adored how the story is addressed to the reader, as though a secret is being shared of a story well-known and enjoyed between friends. Perhaps that was Tolkien's intention, given that it was ostensibly a tale to entertain his children, initially.
There are some unusual choices and some areas which, for me, lack depth. It feels absolutely crazy to say that about a world so rich and beautiful, but The Hobbit really does feel like a more accessible and less descriptive world than that of The Lord of the Rings, presumably to allow for a younger audience to enjoy it. Battle scenes, deaths and transitions between key moments are sometimes more quickly resolved than I expected from such a rich tapestry, and character connections are formed with the reader from very superficial descriptions. Because of this, I didn't enjoy the book as much as I expected to, and nor did I really feel the connection I hoped to with key characters. But you'd be hard pressed to criticise this book anywhere else.
The Hobbit is a perfect adventure; a terrifying, hilarious and heart warming combination uniquely its own. Tolkien's imagination is limitless, and The Hobbit feels so small in the grand scheme of the world he created, but it's a world I would gladly explore to the ends of its map.
The story of Bilbo Baggins and Thorin Oakenshield and the company of dwarves contains goblins, elves, wargs, a dragon and trolls to name but a few.
It has stood the test of time and is a testament to Tolkien's masterful writing it is as popular now as it ever had been.
The Hobbit is divided into nineteen short, episodic chapters, each satisfying in its own right, but each also whetting appetites for the next. And it's very much written not so much for the eye as for the ear. It has a wonderfully rich cast of characters with very different voices - the hobbit himself, the wizard Gandalf, dwarves, elves, men, a shapeshifting were-bear, eagles, wolves, giant spiders, trolls, goblins, the creepy Gollum and the wily dragon Smaug. Yet more diversity of tone is provided by the songs that variegate the prose. If you're the kind of parent who likes to send the children off to bed with a story, Tolkien has given you the perfect script - his ingenuity takes even the least actorly Mums and Dads and turns them into Streeps and Day-Lewises.
But what kind of tale is it, this 75-year-old classic? My list of monsters must have made it sound terrifying or even horrific, but rest assured, it isn't. It's what Hollywood would call an action comedy hybrid. Many of the baddies that the brave little hobbit encounters are almost as absurd as they are sinister, so that the scariness of the narrative is regularly tempered by amusement. Be warned, though, that the story does have an underlying seriousness. The hobbit does need to gradually grow in courage as his quest proceeds; he is confronted by a grave moral crisis; and not all of his companions escape the dangers of their adventure with their lives.
This hardcover edition includes Tolkien's own illustrations, some in colour, some black and white, and is to my mind almost the most desirable of all - my favourite of favourites being Harper's gorgeous slipcased de luxe edition, The Hobbit , in which Tolkien's monochrome art has been sensitively colourized. Alternatives include an edition with lavish colour paintings by Alan Lee, one of the concept artists who contributed to Peter Jackson's Tolkien movies ( The Hobbit ), and a luxurious edition published by the Folio Society and illustrated in stylish monochrome by Eric Fraser ( The Hobbit or "There and Back Again" ). Also, Bilbo's Last Song includes a series of Hobbit vignettes painted in jewel-like colours by Tolkien's own favourite illustrator, the late, great Pauline Baynes. There and Back Again: The Map of Tolkien's Hobbit is another gorgeous companion to the book that any Hobbit-lover would delight in.
I must say that the film has more in it but it still lacks the depth and storyline that Tolkien has had such a wonderful job of creating.
As I said, a pure pleasure to read...and probably not for the last time.
I had never heard this audio rendering of the book, and looked forward very much to hearing it.
The production was actually recovered from an amateur tape recording of the original. The master copy having been wiped by the BBC some time following its original broadcast on radio. This explains the slightly sub-par quality of the audio - although it has to be said, it is still quite listenable.
Acting and casting is extremely good for the most part, with Paul Daneman as Bilbo and John Justin as Thorin Oakenshield being especially entertaining.
Unfortunately I personally feel that Heron Carvic as Gandalf does let the side down somewhat. His voice is rather meek, and not the dominant, masterful tones one might expect from such a commanding character in the story. He also seems to struggle with his lines at times, and just doesn't quite match up to the other cast members' performances. This is a real shame.
The narrative music is written and performed in a medieval style, which is refreshing and feels very authentic, but it is used too repetitively to book-end each section of the story, and it does begin to grate after a while. Not a major criticism, but something which could have been done somewhat better.
Most of the human, elf and dwarf voices are portrayed naturally as one might expect. However, the non-human voices (eagles, trolls, goblins and spiders) are heavily modified with some kind of frequency modulation of the type obviously employed by the Dr Who production team. As a result, all of these characters tend to come across as 'variations on a Dalek' which detracts greatly from their performances, and makes them difficult to understand. It is also rather harsh, and begins to grate on the ear after a while.
In summary then, a well produced script and excellent acting from most of the cast, let down by some very dated sound effects and mis-cast Gandalf.
No doubt in its day it was a cutting edge production. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to it, and I fear many modern day fans of the book will be somewhat disappointed.
Certainly worth a listen, but I'm not sure whether you'll want to re-visit it often.
Tolkien can be ponderous at times but is far less so in The Hobbit than in The Lord of the Rings. In this book it's the Dwarves that sing, not the Elves. Tolkien does like his songs.
Bilbo embraces his adventurous side and sets out on the quest to reclaim treasure from the dragon Smaug. The book charts his encounters and the events along the way. It's a time of turmoil in Middle Earth, the era before the dominion of Men. There are dangers at every turn for a young Hobbit. He has his blade, Sting, taken from a troll hoard, and his wits to protect him.
The Hobbit was so successful in 1937 that Tolkien was asked to write a sequel and so was born the Lord of the Rings.
The Hobbit is a far easier read than LOTR and a child can make short work of it, but it is by no means exclusively a children's book. Readers of all generations will enjoy this book and it will be passed on from one generation to the next as a worthy way to absorb some literature.