The Hobbit

This story from the mind of J.R.R. Tolkien is about a hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, and his journey to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a very dangerous dragon.

J.R.R. Tolkien


Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey 'there and back again'. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…

The prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth century. (From HarperCollins)

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On the eve of the release of the new Hobbit film, entertainment lawyer Jonathan Handel talks to Brent about the five epic battles that have been fought by director Peter Jackson and others in the effort to adapt JRR Tolkein's stories to the big screen. 7:59