Джон Роналд Руэл Толкин
The Hobbit

The Hobbit
Литагент HarperCollins

Read the definitive edition of Bilbo Baggins’ adventures in middle-earth in this classic bestseller behind this year’s biggest movie.The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar.Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of Five Armies are just some of the adventures that befall Bilbo.Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children’s fiction. Written by Professor Tolkien for his own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when published.

THE HOBBIT

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The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves, in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving, unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and his skill as a burglar.

Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of the Five Armies are some of the adventures that befall Bilbo. But there are lighter moments as well: good fellowship, welcome meals, laughter and song.

Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children’s fiction. Written for Professor Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant acclaim when published. It is a complete and marvellous tale in itself, but it also forms a prelude to The Lord of the Rings.

‘One of the most influential books of our generation’

The Times

CONTENTS

COVER PAGE (#u97d0ff54-068e-5a35-ba8c-c9cbfb3fb858)

TITLE PAGE (#uf82ddef2-9858-507e-9a02-94e876882fc4)

COPYRIGHT (#ud8c9a049-bf98-5e7b-96ee-389bad3411b6)

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS (#u7831b87e-ea10-5293-a5a4-b59a89ec0744)

NOTE ON THE TEXT (#ub7ec0848-f882-5874-970a-23d0c002e080)

AUTHOR’S NOTE (#u264867a2-85bd-5242-ad52-c8bcba63a495)

CHAPTER I: AN UNEXPECTED PARTY (#u2f808cfb-8272-5633-a8bb-26e7dff44c3e)

CHAPTER II: ROAST MUTTON (#u63da79d1-18de-5b20-94b5-fb2ac4b4a4b0)

CHAPTER III: A SHORT REST (#ue6548fc1-b471-5e3f-b11a-ba454d06249a)

CHAPTER IV: OVER HILL AND UNDER HILL (#u550ba6df-2eea-522d-a4ea-ca4ed1d5174d)

CHAPTER V: RIDDLES IN THE DARK (#uab3930b0-3add-5777-9c3d-cc3bb6a0de06)

CHAPTER VI: OUT OF THE FRYING-PAN INTO THE FIRE (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER VII: QUEER LODGINGS (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER VIII: FLIES AND SPIDERS (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER IX: BARRELS OUT OF BOND (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER X: A WARM WELCOME (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER XI: ON THE DOORSTEP (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER XII: INSIDE INFORMATION (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER XIII: NOT AT HOME (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER XIV: FIRE AND WATER (#litres_trial_promo)