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The Book The Hobbit an epic story, The prelude to The Lord of the Rings.

Updated on September 18, 2015

The hobbit, the book by J.R.R. Tolkien.

By now, every Lord of the Rings fan will know that the movie "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is under way and is expected to be in the theaters in the end of 2014. The book The Hobbit though is already for sale in the book stores!!! ;-)

I've read The Lord of the rings over a 15 times and the Hobbit as well. Actually I'm reading The Hobbit at the moment in Spanish, to improve my Spanish. I would advise everybody, before going to the movies this Christmas and watch "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", to read the original book. A book is so much richer and stimulates your imagination.

The Hobbit, the book, should be treasured. The journey to the Lonely Mountain to defeat Smaug the golden dragon is an epic story. A story of winning a battle against all odds. The story is besides a physical journey a journey of the spirit as well. Bilbo starts as a frightened hobbit but grows into a figure with self confidence and proud of what he has achieved.

The Hobbit books - There and back again

The Hobbit, a prelkude to The Lord of The Rings
The Hobbit, a prelkude to The Lord of The Rings

The Hobbit, the book.

There and back again.

The hobbit is an epic story of a journey, undertaken by a company of dwarfs, in search of a golden treasure guarded by the dragon Smaug. A reluctant partner in this absurd quest is Bilbo Baggins from The Shire, a Hobbit without any ambitions according to exiting journeys.

Nevertheless Bilbo Baggins starts off his journey without his handkerchief and without to much enthousiasm. Bilbo encounters many dangourous creatures on his Unexpected Journey, trols,goblins (orkcs), elves and giant spiders. He is trying to trick the ancient dragon Smaug The Magnificent

The Hobbit is a complete and wonderful book in itself, but is also forms a prelude of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

The first line of the book : "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." is a classic sentence in the literature. It is simple and to the point, just like Hobbits. No fancy stuff. Simple and without any strange and adventurous behavior. But this will all change...

The hobbit ring - The ring of power - Bilbo and Frodo's burden.

The Hobbit - The Book - There and back again
The Hobbit - The Book - There and back again

Why was the unexpected journey undertaken in the first place !!!

The hobbit book.

The quest to the Lonely Mountain :

The Lonely Mountain was the most important home of Durins Lineage at the end of the third era, after their escape from Moria.

The dwarfs Thror and Thrain escaped the lonely mountain (Erebror) when it was attacked by the dragon Smaug in 2770.

Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thrain escaped as well. Thrain however was captured and taken to Dol Gulder, a dark place in the Mirkwood.

Dol Gulder was the hiding place of Sauron, but this was not know until later. Gandalf visited Dol Gulder once and found Thrain in the dungeons of the dark tower. Thrain was far gone, but he managed to give Gandalf a key and a map. Gandalf also found out that Thrain had possessed one of the dwarven rings, but now it was taken by Sauron.

By chance Gandalf and Thorin met and Thorin Oakenshield talked with Gandalf about his troubles, and his longing to recapture the treasure of the Lonely Mountain. Gandalf however had other troubles than the ambitious undertaking of a dwarf. But he knew Smaug was still in Erebror, and could easily be used by Sauron, if he ever dared to show his face.

So Gandalf set the journey to Erebror in motion, in the hope to distract Sauron, and who knows, they could perhaps defeat the dragon. His gut feeling told him that Bilbo Baggins the hobbit should be taken with the party.

Thorin did not like the idea of taking the hobbit on it's journey to the Lonely Mountain.

"He's to soft, soft as mud of his Shire, and silly. His mother died to soon. You are playing some crooked game of your own. I'm sure that you have other purposes than helping me." he said to Gandalf.

by which Gandalf replied "You are right, if I had no other purposes, I should not be helping you at all. Great as your affairs may seem to you, they are only a small strand in the greater web. I'm concerned by many strands. But that should make my advise more weighty, not less."

"Listen to me Thorin Oakenshield", Gandalf said. "if this hobbit goes with you, you will succeed. If not, you will fail. A foresight is on me, and I am warning you."

The conversation between Gandalf and Thorin is written in "Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth" and explains more about the background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as well

The Hobbit part 3 - official trailer - The battle of the Five Armies

There and Back Again: The Map of the Hobbit

There and Back Again: The Map of the Hobbit
There and Back Again: The Map of the Hobbit

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      @Nicasports: absolutely, how great and wonderful the hobbit film may be. The books are better. They touch your soul and imagination, beyond any film experience.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I have had this book for many years and will definitely be revisiting it before the film comes out. It is an awesome tale. If there is anyone out there who has not read the Lord Of The Rings books but plans to, this is the place to start.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I have had this book for many years and will definitely be revisiting it before the film comes out. It is an awesome tale. If there is anyone out there who has not read the Lord Of The Rings books but plans to, this is the place to start.

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      Nicasports 5 years ago

      I love Tolkien! Read the book before you see the movie. Better yet, read it to your kids!

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      atlastechnow 5 years ago

      I will never forget at 13 the magic I felt reading this epic tale. My vivid imagination combined with the adventure Bilbo Baggins reluctantly endured. Great...

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      I love these books and the hobbit is my favorite Great lens

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      Gabriel360 5 years ago

      Nice lens.