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The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

By J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien, 1892-1973

The beginning of the greatest fantasy epic of our time. Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo–alone and unaided–who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside . . .   About the author: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of 81. "The inspiration for the great fantasy novels of J.R.R. Tolkien cannot be separated from his profoundly Catholic approach to life:  "The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work," he wrote, "unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything like "religion", to cults or practices, in the Imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism" (Letter 142).  In fact, two of the great loves in the hidden world of Tolkien's imagination were the Eucharist and Our Lady, - upon which all my own small perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded". By way of encouraging his son, he once wrote:  "Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you

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1982

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0345339681


Format: Book
Author: Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973
Title: The hobbit, or, There and back again / by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Publisher Date: New York : Ballentine Books, 1982.
Subject: Voyages and travels -- Fiction. Middle Earth (Imaginary place) -- Fiction
Isbn: 0345339681
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 4
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Call Number: F Tolkien
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Format: Book
Author: Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973
Title: The hobbit, or, There and back again / by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Edition: Rev. ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Ballentine Books, 1982.
Description: 304 p. ; 18 cm.
Subjects: Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
Subjects: Middle Earth (Imaginary place) -- Fiction
Notes: Prelude to the Lord of the rings trilogy.
ISBN: 0345339681
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Available Copies: 4
Total Copies: 8
Call Number: F Tolkien