The Hobbit

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Catalog Code: 9780345339683

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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 the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament ... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth ... which every man's heart desires" (p. 53)."  - December 1994 issue of Irish Family magazine






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This item received 5 stars overall. A wonderfully vivid world that is unforgettable.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit tagline reads: “The Greatest Fantasy Epic of Our Time” and it certainly lives up to the expectation. While it personally took me a long time to get through the book (mostly due to a demanding school and work schedule), I found myself trying to steal whatever free time I had in order to continue the journey with Bilbo Baggins.
Tolkien (a Catholic author) does a fantastic job weaving fantasy with morals. The main character, Bilbo Baggins, starts off like most of us -- blissfully unaware of many things and wanting to live in a world where everything is rosy. However, through his journey he learns that while he may tackle uncomfortable and undesired situations, he must use his wits to get himself out of the situations.
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