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The Hobbit

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of his home. Then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist him as a burglar on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure of Smaug the dragon. First published in 1937, The Hobbit is a timeless tale that has delighted generations of readers all over the world.

#16 in Australia’s 50 Favourite Kids’ Books poll, 2014

#26 in ABC My Favourite Book 

#11 in Australia’s Top 100 2016

About J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specialising in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of the world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth.


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