"The Hobbit" - Novel Presentation

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"The Hobbit" was J.R.R. Tolkien's first book to make the bestseller list. George Allen and Unwin published the book on Sept 31, 1937. The book tells the amazing story of the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his group set out on a journey to restore a treasure from a dreadful dragon, Smaug.


John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was of English decent and was born in a town called Bloemfontein in South Africa on January 3, 1892. In 1895, Tolkien moved back to England with his mother and his younger brother where he had the opportunity to develop his academic and creative skills. After graduating from Oxford University, Tolkien joined the service for World War as a 2nd lieutenant in the eleventh battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. After Tolkien got out of the military for medical purposes he gained a post at Oxford University, where he worked on the history of words from German origin.

Tolkien specialized in Anglo-Saxon and medieval literature, though his great passion was in philology.

Main Characters

Bilbo Baggins: A hobbit, which is a small man-like creature with big hairy feet. Hobbits are known for simply enjoying the comforts of life peacefully. Bilbo ends up playing a crucial role in the fellowship as the group's burglar. Bilbo's adventure proves his courage and dedication and proves his ability. Bilbo is just an ordinary hobbit who is very laid back and doesn't have any greed. Bilbo is the kind of person who is happy as long as he has enough to eat and decent supply for his pipe weed.

Gandalf: An old wise wizard, who would come and visit Hobbiton, the Hobbit village, to hang out with the hobbits and bring fire-works. One day Gandalf comes to Hobbiton with a mission for which he chooses Bilbo. Bilbo is chosen...