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J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 1937

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Teacher Introduction

The Hobbit

  • Genre: Fiction; fantasy/adventure
  • Originally Published: 1937
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 1000L; grades 7-12
  • Structure/Length: 19 chapters; approximately 333 pages; approximately 10 hours, 25 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: The novel follows Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is unexpectedly thrust into an epic adventure when he is recruited by the wizard Gandalf and a group of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield. Together, they embark on a quest to reclaim the dwarves’ homeland from the dragon Smaug. The narrative traces their journey through the mystical and dangerous land of Middle Earth as they face various challenges and dangers including trolls, goblins, and elves. Bilbo’s personal growth and transformation from a timid hobbit into a brave adventurer are central to the story.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Fantasy violence; mythical creatures and dangers

J.R.R. Tolkien, Author

  • Bio: Born 1892, deceased 1973; English writer, philologist, and professor; widely regarded as one of the most influential fantasy authors of the 20th century; known for his richly imagined fictional worlds and languages, including Middle Earth; The Hobbit is a prelude to his epic fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings; works often explore themes of heroism, friendship, and the battle between good and evil
  • Other Works: The Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), The Return of the King (1955); The Silmarillion (1977); The Children of Húrin (2007); The Unfinished Tales (1980)
  • Awards: New York Herald Tribune Best Fiction for Juveniles (1938); Carnegie Medal in Literature (nomination; 1939)