The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

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A fantasy novel and children's book by J. R. R. Tolkien. Set in a time "Between the Dawn of Færie and the Dominion of Men", The Hobbit follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug. Bilbo's journey takes him from light-hearted, rural surroundings into darker, deeper territory. The story is told in the form of an episodic quest, and most chapters introduce a specific creature, or type of creature, of Tolkien's Wilderland. By accepting the disreputable, romantic, fey and adventurous side of his nature (the "Tookish" side) and applying his wits and common sense, Bilbo develops a new level of maturity, competence and wisdom.

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The 365th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 19th on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  2. - 22nd on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (
  3. - 40th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (
  4. - 71st on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  5. - From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (Jeff O'Neal at

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