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The Hobbit

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  • Seller:liquidators_of_michigan
  • Sales Rank:1,201,967
  • Format:Abridged, Audiobook
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Audio Cassette
  • Number Of Items:4
  • Running Time:240 Minutes
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.6
  • Dimensions (in):7.1 x 4.4 x 1.4
  • Publication Date:March 21, 1997
  • ISBN:0553471074
  • EAN:9780553471076
  • ASIN:0553471074
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Synopsis
Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, is a peaceful sort of  cozy hole in the Shire, a place where adventures  are uncommon and rather unwanted. So when the  wizard Gandalf whisks him away on a treasure hunting  expedition with a troop of rowdy dwarves, he's not  entirely thrilled. Encountering ruthless trolls,  beastly orcs, gigantic spiders, and hungry wolves,  Bilbo discovers within himself astonishing strength  and courage. And at the ultimate confrontation  with the fearsome dragon Smaug, the hobbit will brave  the dangers of dark and dragon fire alone and  unaided. Brilliantly conceived to evoke Tolkien's  richly imagined Middle Earth, this production features  an original score written for Renaissance era  instruments outstanding ensemble acting by the best  performers available to the BBC and innovative sound  techniques designed to present a hobbit's eye view  of Bilbo's adventures. A fitting tribute to the  centenary of J.R Tolkien's birth. The Hobbit will  captivate longtime fans and the newly initiated  alike.
Amazon.com Review
"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."

The hobbit-hole in question belongs to one Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of a "little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves." He is, like most of his kind, well off, well fed, and best pleased when sitting by his own fire with a pipe, a glass of good beer, and a meal to look forward to. Certainly this particular hobbit is the last person one would expect to see set off on a hazardous journey; indeed, when Gandalf the Grey stops by one morning, "looking for someone to share in an adventure," Baggins fervently wishes the wizard elsewhere. No such luck, however; soon 13 fortune-seeking dwarves have arrived on the hobbit's doorstep in search of a burglar, and before he can even grab his hat or an umbrella, Bilbo Baggins is swept out his door and into a dangerous adventure.

The dwarves' goal is to return to their ancestral home in the Lonely Mountains and reclaim a stolen fortune from the dragon Smaug. Along the way, they and their reluctant companion meet giant spiders, hostile elves, ravening wolves--and, most perilous of all, a subterranean creature named Gollum from whom Bilbo wins a magical ring in a riddling contest. It is from this life-or-death game in the dark that J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, would eventually spring. Though The Hobbit is lighter in tone than the trilogy that follows, it has, like Bilbo Baggins himself, unexpected iron at its core. Don't be fooled by its fairy-tale demeanor; this is very much a story for adults, though older children will enjoy it, too. By the time Bilbo returns to his comfortable hobbit-hole, he is a different person altogether, well primed for the bigger adventures to come--and so is the reader. --Alix Wilber


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