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So good you’ll want to learn Elvish. This fantasy quest is the daddy of them all. Seen the films? Now read the epic book. It all started with Tolkien – right here. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit on a mission! On a deadly journey into the mountains and forests of the Wilderland, to steal a precious treasure from the mighty dragon Smaug. It’s a strange place for a hobbit to be. They’re usually all about their home comforts. But with a bit of help from the great wizard Gandalf (and some rather uncouth dwarves), can Bilbo survive this crazy quest?

  • The iconic fantasy that launched Tolkien to fame
  • One of the greatest children’s classics of all time
  • A stand-alone precursor to The Lord of the Rings
  • “A flawless masterpiece” – The Times

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8097 in Secondary Rewards Catalogue 2019/20, 5097 in Rewards Catalogue 2019/20 and 462 in ROW Teen September 2019





Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.6; Upper years; 16.0 points

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  • 368 pages


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  1. Bellasara 113282

    on 27 December 2018

    Loved it! Great addition to Lord of the Rings

    5out of 5
  2. Jane blonde 113694

    on 3 March 2017

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

    5out of 5
  3. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 22 January 2016

    very dark

  4. Avatar owl 761790

    on 16 December 2015

    this book is amazing!

    5out of 5
  5. Avatar alien 761705

    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 .

    5out of 5
  6. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 31 December 2014

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

    5out of 5
  7. Evie 113313

    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.

    5out of 5
  8. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    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!

    5out of 5
  9. Flat stanley thumb 225

    on 6 September 2014

    I couldn’t stop reading this

    5out of 5
  10. Love stargirl 113412

    on 9 March 2014

    well loved fantasy story

    5out of 5
  11. Bellasara 113282

    on 9 March 2014

    Such a good book even the movie is good

  12. Avatar owl 761790

    on 9 March 2014

    I love This book since it is so descriptive.

  13. Fairy thumb 11

    on 8 March 2014

    I love the hobbit

  14. Default avatar

    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.

    4out of 5
  15. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 7 March 2014

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

  16. Default avatar

    on 6 March 2014

    its good

  17. Hayley 113303

    on 5 March 2014

    Watched the movie and read the book its really interesting

    4out of 5
  18. Evie 113313

    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!

    4out of 5
  19. Avatar lion 761782

    on 4 March 2014

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

    5out of 5
  20. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2014

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

  21. Default avatar

    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.

    5out of 5
  22. Ef castle thumb 2

    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.

    5out of 5
  23. Avatar owl 761790

    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.

    5out of 5
  24. Default avatar

    on 17 August 2013

    liked it

  25. Default avatar

    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

    4out of 5
  26. Hayley 113303

    on 7 April 2013

    Well I’ve seen the movie…........

  27. Evie 113313

    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. Avatar cat 761729

    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

    5out of 5
  29. Fairy thumb 11

    on 8 March 2013

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

    5out of 5
  30. Pearl 113298

    on 7 March 2013

    good book

    5out of 5
  31. Avatar bat 761713

    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

    5out of 5
  32. Bs clownfish thumb 234

    on 6 March 2013

    Amazing book!! Loved it <3

    4out of 5
  33. Pirate2small 108060

    on 6 March 2013

    this was a really good book

    4out of 5
  34. Hayley 113303

    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. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 6 March 2013

    the hobbit is one thrilling book

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    on 5 March 2013

    I like this even better than the film full of adventure

    5out of 5
  37. Avatar lion 761782

    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. Gruffalo 113679

    on 5 March 2013

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

    4out of 5
  39. Default avatar

    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. Jane blonde 113694

    on 4 March 2013

    i love the cover

  41. Bellasara 113282

    on 4 March 2013

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

  42. Pearl 113298

    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. Avatar cat 761729

    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. Avatar owl 761790

    on 4 March 2013

    its better than the movie

  45. Dora thumb 222

    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. Bellasara 113282

    on 3 March 2013

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

  47. Default avatar

    on 20 February 2013

    This seems like a fantastic page-turner.

    4out of 5
  48. Bellasara 113282

    on 2 February 2013

    It is great

    5out of 5
  49. Ef castle thumb 2

    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.

    5out of 5
  50. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 27 January 2013

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

    5out of 5
  51. Dog 113532

    on 11 January 2013

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

  52. Clarice thumb 136

    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!:)

    5out of 5
  53. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 17 December 2012

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

    5out of 5
  54. Avatar bat 761713

    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!!!!

    5out of 5
  55. Avatar owl 761790

    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. Jane blonde 113694

    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?)

    5out of 5
  57. Monkey 113537

    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.

    5out of 5
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    on 15 September 2012

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

    5out of 5
  59. Petula 113689

    on 14 September 2012

    Wow J.r.r. tolkien!!!

    This is one of the best books ever!

    5out of 5