Readers join the hobbit Bilbo Baggins on an unexpected adventure involving dragons, treasure, and a good deal of bravery. Readers learn secrets of dwarves, hobbits, and a bit about the One Ring and the temptation of power as they explore Tolkien’s captivating and believable world of Middle Earth.

J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition: If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) - if you do not already know all about these things - much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period.

For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise.

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What families are saying:

" you face a new adventure in homeschooling you can be sure that the journey will sometimes be fraught with peril. As Bilbo says, 'Adventures are not all pony-rides in May-sunshine' (33). You can also be sure that you risk much in order to secure a glorious adventure, one planned out beforehand by God Himself. May we all face our adventures with courage and may we fortify our children to do the same." — Jennifer Courtney



Harper Collins

Publication date:

7 June 2012

Number of pages:



252 g


183 x 129 x 24 (mm)






J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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