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The Hobbit


…shamans, all historians, writers, politicians and diplomats, liberationists of whatever sex and persuasion, lawyers, judges, penologists, stand-up comedians, film directors, journalists, in short, anyone concerned remotely with affecting the consciousness of his fellow-man—and this would include our own beloved children, those incipient American leaders at the eighth-grade level, who should be required to study it along with The Catcher in the Rye, The Hobbit and the Constitution.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  Tolkien’s popular fantasy novel (over 100 million copies sold) in which an unlikely hero triumphs in a world that includes elves, dwarfs, goblins and trolls (1937)
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Strongly Associated with:   Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
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Enjoyed by all ages, but typically not recommended prior to a very strong 11-14 year old reader.  There are no strong female characters. Tolkien originally wrote the story to amuse his three sons; though the first authorized adaptation was a stage production in a girls school.
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  • …shamans, all historians, writers, politicians and diplomats, liberationists of whatever sex and persuasion, lawyers, judges, penologists, stand-up comedians, film directors, journalists, in short, anyone concerned remotely with affecting the consciousness of his fellow-man—and this would include our own beloved children, those incipient American leaders at the eighth-grade level, who should be required to study it along with The Catcher in the Rye, The Hobbit and the Constitution.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We were about halfway through The Hobbit.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit When Elinor heard the shots she jumped up so fast that she stumbled over her blanket in the dark and fell full length in the coarse grass.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Further information will also be found in the selection from the Red Book of Westmarch that has already been published, under the title of The Hobbit.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring

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  • I even attempted The Hobbit, though I found the language in both these books hard to comprehend.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • He would have preferred The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or even another copy of The Hobbit to replace the one he lost last summer in Calcutta, left on the rooftop of his father’s house in Alipore and snatched away by crows.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • I sounded like those nerdy kids at school, the ones who spouted baseball stats or knew Lord of the Rings like Frodo, the Hobbit, was a long-lost cousin.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • He stood leaning on his stick and gazing at the hobbit without saying anything, till Bilbo got quite uncomfortable and even a little cross.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • But the hobbit was not seen: he was not "in the open", for it was night and he still had his elven-cloak.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • ’You did indeed!’ said Gandalf, laughing suddenly; and he came and stood beside Pippin, putting his arm about the hobbit’s shoulders and gazing out of the window.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King

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  • Then men fell back before the command of his voice and questioned him no further, though they gazed in wonder at the hobbit that sat before him and at the horse that bore him.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • ’Gladly will I take it,’ said the king; and laying his long old hands upon the brown hair of the hobbit; he blessed him.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • With that the hobbit turned and scuttled inside his round green door, and shut it as quickly as he dared, not to seen rude.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • When he had forced a drink from his flask down the hobbit’s throat, cut his leg-bonds, and dragged him to his feet, Merry stood up, looking pale but grim and defiant, and very much alive.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Room was made for the hobbit at the king’s left hand, but no one called for any tale.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • But when they had come almost to the end of the line one looked up glancing keenly at the hobbit.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Unnoticed a Rider came up and spoke softly in the hobbit’s ear.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • "Bilbo Baggins at yours!" said the hobbit, too surprised to ask any questions for the moment.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • "Excuse me!" said the hobbit, and off he went to the door.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Some called for ale, and some for porter, and one for coffee, and all of them for cakes; so the hobbit was kept very busy for a while.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Not a ring, but a hard rat-tat on the hobbit’s beautiful green door.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Gandalf called after him, as the hobbit stumped off to the pantries.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Still the dwarves jogged on, never turning round or taking any notice of the hobbit.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • "You must go on and find out all about that light, and what it is for, and if all is perfectly safe and canny," said Thorin to the hobbit.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • It would have made only a tiny pocket-knife for a troll, but it was as good as a short sword for the hobbit.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Bilbo the hobbit on a pony, my dear!
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • "What are moon-letters?" asked the hobbit full of excitement.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • The dwarves and the hobbit, helped by the wise advice of Elrond and the knowledge and memory of Gandalf, took the right road to the right pass.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • He shouted and fell; and the hobbit rolled off his shoulders into the blackness, bumped his head on hard rock, and remembered nothing more.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • The hobbit jumped nearly out of his skin when the hiss came in his ears, and he suddenly saw the pale eyes sticking out at him.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • "Half a moment," said the hobbit shivering.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • That made the hobbit most dreadfully uncomfortable and scattered his wits.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • He could not see the hobbit, but now he was on the alert, and he had other senses that the darkness had sharpened: hearing and smell.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • "O yes!" he said in answer to more questions from the hobbit.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • The light in his eyes was like a green flame as he sped back to murder the hobbit and recover his ’precious’.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Hence the excitement of the hobbit-children.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The hobbit-children were so excited that for a while they almost forgot about eating.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • He took a step towards the hobbit, and he seemed to grow tall and menacing; his shadow filled the little room.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Gandalf’s eyes remained bent on the hobbit.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • A spasm of anger passed swiftly over the hobbit’s face again.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • It was not too difficult for the hobbit, except when, in spite of all care, he stubbed his poor toes again, several times, on nasty jagged stones in the floor.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Every now and then all the Wargs in the circle would answer their grey chief all together, and their dreadful clamour almost made the hobbit fall out of his pine-tree.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • To these four volumes there was added in Westmarch a fifth containing commentaries, genealogies, and various other matter concerning the hobbit members of the Fellowship.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Maybe he would have attacked Bilbo at once, if the ring had been on him when they met; but it was not, and the hobbit held in his hand an Elvish knife, which served him as a sword.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • As they sang the hobbit felt the love of beautiful things made by hands and by cunning and by magic moving through him, a fierce and jealous love, the desire of the hearts of dwarves.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • As the story grew it put down roots (into the past) and threw out unexpected branches: but its main theme was settled from the outset by the inevitable choice of the Ring as the link between it and _The Hobbit.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • And ever as they talked Beregond was more amazed, and looked with greater wonder at the hobbit, swinging his short legs as he sat on the seat, or standing tiptoe upon it to peer over the sill at the lands below.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Gollum threw himself backwards, and grabbed as the hobbit flew over him, but too late: his hands snapped on thin air, and Bilbo, falling fair on his sturdy feet, sped off down the new tunnel.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • "Here you, are there any more of your sort a-sneakin’ in these here woods, yer nassty little rabbit," said he looking at the hobbit’s furry feet; and he picked him up by the toes and shook him.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • No going upstairs for the hobbit: bedrooms, bathrooms, cellars, pantries (lots of these), wardrobes (he had whole rooms devoted to clothes), kitchens, dining-rooms, all were on the same floor, and indeed on the same passage.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
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