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Genres :Fiction , Young Adult , Adventure , Childrens
Published By : Ballantine Books
Published On : Dec 01, 1971
Format :Paperback
Language :English
No. of pages : 287
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    “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”
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    “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
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    “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
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    “Far over the misty mountains cold
    To dungeons deep and caverns old
    We must away ere break of day
    To seek the pale enchanted gold.
    The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
    While hammers fell like ringing bells
    In places deep, where dark things sleep,
    In hollow halls beneath the fells.
    For ancient king and elvish lord
    There many a gleaming golden hoard
    They shaped and wrought, and light they caught
    To hide in gems on hilt of sword.
    On silver necklaces they strung
    The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
    The dragon-fire, in twisted wire
    They meshed the light of moon and sun.
    Far over the misty mountains cold
    To dungeons deep and caverns old
    We must away, ere break of day,
    To claim our long-forgotten gold.
    Goblets they carved there for themselves
    And harps of gold; where no man delves
    There lay they long, and many a song
    Was sung unheard by men or elves.
    The pines were roaring on the height,
    The wind was moaning in the night.
    The fire was red, it flaming spread;
    The trees like torches blazed with light.
    The bells were ringing in the dale
    And men looked up with faces pale;
    The dragon's ire more fierce than fire
    Laid low their towers and houses frail.
    The mountain smoked beneath the moon;
    The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.
    They fled their hall to dying fall
    Beneath his feet, beneath the moon.
    Far over the misty mountains grim
    To dungeons deep and caverns dim
    We must away, ere break of day,
    To win our harps and gold from him!”
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    “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
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  • 4 

    It's a book to be taken in small bits, for though it is in the main an adventure in treasure hunting, it is episodic in character -- and is not wholly easy reading at a gulp. It's a book to be sold carefully, to the right parents -- and with a good start, it might become a perennial.

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  • Tolkien is wonderful at writing that hardest of all things to write well, the journey. It really feels as if he understands time and distance and landscape. Adventures come at just the right moments.

    Sep 21, 2010 Read full review
  • Although I appreciate the later book as well as The Hobbit now—and highly recommend the Lord of the Rings—The Hobbit is still my favorite of the books.

    Sep 06, 2014 Read full review
  • 4 

    He wrote out those themes and message for his 20th-century audiences, and conceived works of great beauty—books with the proven, if rare, ability to transport a reader to another reality and inspire other writers to dream up their owns worlds.

    Dec 10, 2013 Read full review
  • The writing is beautiful, at times very funny and witty and always brilliant. As an adventure book, especially one geared for a younger reader, you expect that the plot will move quickly and it certainly does. Each chapter has its own momentum with its portion of the journey.

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