The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. TolkienIn a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit 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. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!
With those words hastily written on a blank page of a student's exam, J. Tolkien embarked on what would amount to an epic journey of his own, one that would spark the most influential works of fantasy literature of all time. Tolkien's impulsive sentence would become The Hobbit , a story that was immediately popular in Great Britain, and would lead to an even more popular work, The Lord of the Rings. The writing of The Hobbit was an unexpected, long journey, but it was the start of a work that would captivate millions of readers, and inspire new worlds along the way. Two of Tolkien's children, Michael and John, later noted that they might have heard elements of the story before then. Following the composition of the first sentence, the paper was set aside, but the idea lingered.
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There and Back Again was a book written by Bilbo Baggins recounting his adventures with Thorin and Company and the quest to reclaim the Dwarf -realm of Erebor. Conceived as his memoirs, the book was begun by Bilbo upon his return to Bag End but not completed until his retirement in Rivendell. A version of There and Back Again translated from its native language of Westron is said to be the basis for the modern novel known as The Hobbit. Bilbo later supplemented the manuscript with translated legends from the Elder Days , which he called Translations from the Elvish. Together, these works and other historical and cultural writings of the Third Age became known as the Red Book of Westmarch , the primary source for the legendarium of Middle-earth. There and Back Again. Categories : Stubs Lays and Tales.
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