In 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. And so the story begins which is the preamble to the now very famous Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bilbo Baggins, the most famous Hobbit of all hobbits, will ultimately confront the nasty dragon Smaug all on his own.
Originally published in 1937, this revised edition, complete and unabridged, contains a couple of maps to help the fellow traveler. It is part of Hewitt’s Grade-8 Lightning Literature program (See Related Items below). From our Guide by Elizabeth Kamath:
While Charles Dickens’ immense popularity is based on a number of varied novels, Tolkien’s equally popular status is based mainly on just four books: the one you’re about to read and The Lord of the Rings trilogy that follows it. I realized in choosing The Hobbit that there was a good chance you would already have read it and possibly even The Lord of the Rings. But I think it’s a book that deserves rereading, and in my experience, most people like it enough to enjoy reading it a second (or third or fourth) time.