The Hobbit

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Smaug came hurtling from the North, licking the mountain-sides with flame, beating his great wings with a noise like a roaring wind. Against him stood – a hobbit. Poor Bilbo Baggins! A plump and peace-loving hobbit (as those small, furry-footed people tend to be), Bilbo hates adventures. But one day a knock at the door tugs him into a crazy quest, and before long Bilbo is on the road to danger! Whisked from his snug hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and his dwarves, Bilbo is caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent – a large and very dangerous dragon. Seen the film? Now read the epic book. It all started with Tolkien… right here. “A flawless masterpiece.” The Times p(hidden). #reading-lists-9 p(hidden). #reading-lists-11

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550 in Global Primary May 2024







Date published

June 7th, 2012

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.6; Upper years; 16.0 points

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  • 368 pages



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  1. ChipiLuna1
    on 27 December 2018

    Loved it! Great addition to Lord of the Rings

    5 out of 5
  2. DocMcStuffins06
    on 3 March 2017

    A really good book. Jaw-dropping. 10 out of 10. A good book for anyone 5+.

    5 out of 5
  3. Sharkmaker543
    on 22 January 2016

    very dark

  4. doowe
    on 16 December 2015

    this book is amazing!

    5 out of 5
  5. Sandman
    on 17 November 2015

    This is such a class master pice by totkin greatest book ever written in all time except Lord of the rings what’s about the dark Lord saron takes over the world ( movie placed in New Zealand ) ⭐️ Master piece .

    5 out of 5
  6. Vipersamih
    on 31 December 2014

    this book was a bit hard to understand but it was fun samih9

    5 out of 5
  7. epic123
    on 27 October 2014

    I was speechless by the time I had read this book and I know it sounds crazy, but I want to see a real live dragon just like Bilbo Baggins. this book was epic, just epic! thanks J.R.R Tolkien for writing such an amazing book.

    5 out of 5
  8. Taffy87
    on 2 October 2014

    The Hobbit is a groundbreaking story full of action and adventure. There is 1 hobbit 13 dwarves and 1 wizard. You really should read it!

    5 out of 5
  9. nownot1
    on 6 September 2014

    I couldn’t stop reading this

    5 out of 5
  10. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    well loved fantasy story

    5 out of 5
  11. crazykitty
    on 9 March 2014

    Such a good book even the movie is good

  12. Cheerforevers
    on 9 March 2014

    I love This book since it is so descriptive.

  13. abi1234580
    on 8 March 2014

    I love the hobbit

  14. Eymane143
    on 7 March 2014

    This book shows what real bravery and friendship is. It is a brilliant story, especially if you like fantasy and adventure. I found that J.R.R. Tolkien made up a lot of new and strange words, for example, ‘combobulated’.

    It was quite to hard read at times (especially the long chapters in the forest), but I would recommend this book to people aged 10 and over – including adults.

    4 out of 5
  15. AngelofDeath
    on 7 March 2014

    I loved reading this book. Although in my opinion the movie was better.

  16. books2000
    on 6 March 2014

    its good

  17. Spidergirl
    on 5 March 2014

    Watched the movie and read the book its really interesting

    4 out of 5
  18. Venera2
    on 4 March 2014

    This book is a must! Although, a bit boring in the beginning, after few pages you would wish you could read it whole day. It is too good to be true!

    4 out of 5
  19. MagicSand6125
    on 4 March 2014

    Lovely book full of adventure, one of the best stories I’ve read.

    5 out of 5
  20. justbecauseimnerdy
    on 4 March 2014

    Beautiful book suitable for most people with engaging plot and great characters, you will love this book!

  21. Smitten
    on 3 March 2014

    This book is packed full with wizards, dwarves,dragons, mythical creatures and beards.i. Would definitely recommend getting your head stuck into it.

    5 out of 5
  22. keepout
    on 22 February 2014

    It is an amazing book, I have watched all of The Lord of the Rings and seen the two Hobbit films that are out. This book is great for everyone who has seen the films the books are a lot more detailed.

    5 out of 5
  23. katniss1011
    on 21 February 2014

    I love this book It’s full of unexpected happenings and it makes you want to read on. There are funny parts, sad parts, happy parts and scary parts.there all in the right order so you don’t get confused, and if there’s a word you don’t know ing will be in small writing at the bottom of the page.

    5 out of 5
  24. aju
    on 17 August 2013

    liked it

  25. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 5 June 2013

    The Hobbit was a great book although I did find Lord of the Rings knowledge may be needed- of which I don`t have much.

    The Hobbit follow the story of Bilbo Baggins who is volunteered for a journey by Gandalf the wizard and a group of 13 dwarves (hence an unexpected journey) to get back the Dwarves treasure from Smaug the Magnificent the large, perilous dragon.

    The book’s moral for me was that despite being small you can still become a hero which Bilbo demonstrated perfectly.

    This is an enchanting book; Tolkien has a great talent in the world of creating books which capture many peoples imaginations (young and old). The book is beautifully written with a few comical scenes. Tolkein’s writing skills and styles convince the reader that the story is actual happening around you and that the hobbit is a real creature (sorry to all the fans that I have now left in sadness!)

    I rate this book 8/10, a must read- it probably would have better if I had more knowledge of the Lord of the Rings (but I am not saying don’t read this book if you havent read the Lord of the Rings).

    Ben, aged 13

    4 out of 5
  26. slattery40
    on 7 April 2013

    Well I’ve seen the movie…........

  27. jazzmataz33
    on 19 March 2013

    OMG it’s an amazing book. Its a “got to read” book! I’ve even watched the movie!!! ahhhh amazing!

    totally recommend it :)

  28. CookieM
    on 9 March 2013

    A really good fantasy type book, it is quite hard going in places but i loved Bilbo Baggins and the story was good

    5 out of 5
  29. xxChocolateBoxGirlxx
    on 8 March 2013

    Absolutley amzing.You would defiantely need to read this fantastic book to see what I mean.Awesome :D

    5 out of 5
  30. supercoolcharm
    on 7 March 2013

    good book

    5 out of 5
  31. ninjastickman
    on 7 March 2013

    Bibo Baggins is a hobbit. Hobbits are small creatures with furry feet and normal lives. Unfortunately for bilbo some dwarfs come to his house with the wizard gandalf and an adventure just begins

    5 out of 5
  32. BrotherSnail
    on 6 March 2013

    Amazing book!! Loved it <3

    4 out of 5
  33. Paradise56
    on 6 March 2013

    this was a really good book

    4 out of 5
  34. bouncybunny
    on 6 March 2013

    I love bilbo baggins hes so funnyi liked goelm to ,such a good book I, this book had me drawn in and I’ve now read it 3 times

  35. rockstar101
    on 6 March 2013

    the hobbit is one thrilling book

  36. Nashdasher
    on 5 March 2013

    I like this even better than the film full of adventure

    5 out of 5
  37. Sherlock25
    on 5 March 2013

    A great adventure, most thrilling, you wont be able to put it down! An amazing prequel to lord of the rings

  38. Too-Amazayn
    on 5 March 2013

    This is an amazing book full of hilarity and adventure, a wonderful intro to lord of the rings

    4 out of 5
  39. Smellyelle
    on 4 March 2013

    Bilbo bagging is a very funny character. It’s book had me hooked all the way. I would highly reccomend to anyone.

  40. lap312i
    on 4 March 2013

    i love the cover

  41. chloewhite33
    on 4 March 2013

    I hated this book, it sent me to snoozeville! So boring!

  42. ellie-melay27
    on 4 March 2013

    i loved this book and i highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys some action/ adventure. i genrally enjoyed it and has earned a place in my favourite books. i also recommend the lord of the rings trilogy if you enjoy thriller and this book

  43. catlover96
    on 4 March 2013

    One of the best fantasy books! The Hobbit is utterly fantastic. It’s a great adventure story filled with wonderful characters and hilarious moments. Definitely recommend!

  44. bugzy72
    on 4 March 2013

    its better than the movie

  45. lmdrld
    on 4 March 2013

    I have just finished this book and it is great. It is about a little hobbit called Bilbo who is taken on a adventure with some dwarves and a wizard to defeat the great dragon smaug and take its treasure.

  46. Stuck
    on 3 March 2013

    The Hobbit is amazing, a well-written and funny adventure

  47. Magicme11
    on 20 February 2013

    This seems like a fantastic page-turner.

    4 out of 5
  48. Ekajacky
    on 2 February 2013

    It is great

    5 out of 5
  49. leejas00
    on 31 January 2013

    A gripping read, suitable for anyone who loves a fantasy adventure page-turner, wrote in a unique way and utterly epic.

    5 out of 5
  50. Changyc
    on 27 January 2013

    I like the adventures about the war and how hobbit had confidence

    5 out of 5
  51. benjhack
    on 11 January 2013

    I think this book is amazing absolute wonderful. Recommend to people into fantasy, adventure and long book readers

  52. Emster123
    on 10 January 2013

    I love this book so much!! J.r.r tolkien has done a fantastic job writing this and the vocabulary used is phenomenal, I learned so many new descriptions!! This book is soooo gripping and it leaved me at the edge of my seat but I found that towards the end/middle of the book, it went on a bit and I lost interest a bit but I soon picked it up and carried on till the end. Many of my friends recommended this book to me and after seeing the film I couldn’t resist reading it and giving it a go!! I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone seeing as it was recommended to me!:)

    5 out of 5
  53. Ally58634
    on 17 December 2012

    loved this book. JRR Tolkien is a genious. Cant wait to see the movie

    5 out of 5
  54. MozzyBees
    on 15 December 2012

    I love it it looks so interesting and it looks like the next big thing after Harry Potter cant wait to read it!!!!

    5 out of 5
  55. evil-penguin
    on 10 December 2012

    The Hobbit is one of the best books I have ever read- it has adventure, action, mystery, happy parts and sad parts. Some people think that The Hobbit is just for boys, but I think that anyone can read it, and be mesmorised by the magical tale and funny characters!

  56. Nevey
    on 8 December 2012


    O! God. This is overwhelming. I am laughing, going mad and above all crying. This is too much happiness for me to take the path of a journey that once been taken by one of my favorite Hobbit ever Mr. Baggins which I am so proud of; he never imagined that his Took side of the family might might take over him one day when he leave his house one morning to catch up the 13 dwarves who been uninvited to his Hobbit’s hall but yet they spent the whole night eating and sings making it uncomfortable for any Hobbit and more over there invitation to him. He even left without his pocket handkerchief. I believe it is unbelievable for a Hobbit but so as Gandalf said Bilbo is the lucky number ; he was. Starting the journey he was frighten adding to the new path he took that no Baggins but might be a Took have taken once before. To Rivendell where he got to meet the elven kings under the sky, to the heart of the the misty mountains and meeting the very forgotten creature Gollum that he challenged for riddle or Bilbo would be eaten. Bilbo won his life but above all he won the ring that mad him walk through shadows, he tricked the goblins and with his ring saved the life of the dwarvesmany countless time; that he turned to be the most important fellow of the 15. Meeting eagles and Dragon! He was the only brave to meet and even speak with the mighty dragon (poor Bilbo or poor us? that we never though how a small fellow of a Hobbit can change the face of the earth and history within?)

    5 out of 5
  57. miko9291
    on 19 September 2012

    I loved this book my favorite author is still J.K Rowling but J.R.R Tolkien jumped to second place.

    5 out of 5
  58. NoodleMc
    on 15 September 2012

    This book is brilliant. I loved the dwarves song about the treasure and Smaug,The dragon.

    5 out of 5
  59. migit1
    on 14 September 2012

    Wow J.r.r. tolkien!!!

    This is one of the best books ever!

    5 out of 5