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The Hobbit

The tales in the Hobbit were the base of the events that took place in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the style is livelier in nature than its sequel novel. It is an introduction to the middle earth and the people who dwelled there. There is always something about adventure and heroism that people enjoy. This is why the Hobbit is idolised by everyone who has ever read it.


The young and respected Bilbo Baggins, who loves to live a calm and comfortable life in his hobbit hole is mandated by Gandalf to take part in an adventure. In order to reclaim a treasure stolen from them, he set out with a party of fearless dwarves. As they proceed, they run into trouble, however, Bilbo finds a ring in an underground tunnel, where he also met an evil creature, Gollum. The book portrays typical English landscapes and is a book that can be enjoyed by everyone, children and adults. It has sold over 100 million copies and is available in about 50 different languages.

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings is a highly acclaimed and best-selling novel ever written. Like other books by the same author, this one is an absolute fantasy and one of his most magnificent achievements. The Lord of the Rings is a product of a great mind, a timeless book that sets the record for all fantasy novels. This book is an epic tale of friendship and heroism which describes the cessation of Middle-Earth’s third age, a time when men began to rise to dominate and magic began to fade away. The great war of the ring was carefully and beautifully narrated.


The book opens with a quiet beginning. Young Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit in the Shire a village of hobbits, finds himself presented with an immense task. He received a ring and it was the One Ring that was created and then lost by Sauron the Dark Lord. If found, it will empower Sauron to enslave and rule Middle-earth. Frodo who knew only very little about the One Ring, would later on learn, that it is a weapon of evil which is powerful enough not only to control the world, but also to corrupt anyone in possession of it. Frodo was informed by Gandalf that the Ring must be kept away from Sauron to prevent this terrible fate and to defeat evil, so Frodo and his team sets out on this perilous journey. A fellowship is formed to go and cast the ring into the Crack of Doom, the volcanic fire which is also where it was forged. The hobbits, dwarves, elves and men who took part in this quest are known as the fellowship. Now, the fellowship must overcome the dark power of Sauron and his oppositions and Gandalf eventually perishes while attempting to defend the fellowship from the evil Balrog. Frodo knew what he had to do and was resolved to fulfill his purpose, so he decided he would finish the journey alone.

The Concept of Tolkien’s Books

The concept of the novel, the magic, the creatures and the world that Tolkien invented in his books were drawn from his knowledge of philology and folklore. Some parts of this work was written during WWII, which had a great influence on them. The Hobbit was published in 1937, while The Lord of the Rings was originally released in three volumes:

  • The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
  • The Two Towers (1955)
  • The Return of the King (1955)

It has since been translated into at least 38 different languages and sold over 150 million copies since its first publication.