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The Hobbit

The Hobbit

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

Those few words, scrawled on a blank sheet of paper while marking student papers, would become one of the most read books of the 20th century. First published in the UK in 1937 by Houghton Mifflin (the first US edition was published in 1938), J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit has since been translated into more than 25 languages.


Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

Related titles: The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion

Interesting Editions

The Hobbit The Hobbit, (Illustrated Edition) (Hardcover, 1997)
by J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee (Illustrator)
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The Hobbit The Hobbit (Paperback)
by J.R.R. Tolkien.
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The Hobbit (CD Audio) The Hobbit (CD Audio; Abridged)
by J.R.R. Tolkien.
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The Hobbit (DVD) The Hobbit (DVD; Animated)
by Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
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The Hobbit: Graphic Novel The Hobbit: Graphic Novel (Paperback; graphic novel)
by J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Dixon (Editor), Sean Deming (Editor), David Wenzel (Illustrator)
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The Lord of the Rings (Audio CD) The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (Paperback; 4 Volume Boxed Set)
by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Note that editions published in the US and UK generally differ. The above links to and are to the same (where possible) or similar editions.