The Hobbit (Enhanced Edition) - J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit (Enhanced Edition)

By J. R. R. Tolkien

  • Release Date: 2012-02-15
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 1,058 Ratings


This deluxe edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy contains a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien’s own drawings and full-color illustrations, including the rare “Mirkwood” piece.

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."


  • Bet book I’ve ever read

    By 2dab
    I love it SOOOOO much I purchase a real hard cover book
  • Don’t see what the fuss is about.

    By WordsInAWhisper
    As controversial as this opinion is i just couldn’t get into it. The writing style is so antiquated that it drove me nuts. For a book that is recommended so highly, it strikes me as odd that in a modern writing class this book would not get a passing grade. It spoils itself multiple times with statements like, “but that won’t happen until later in our story...” WHY WOULD YOU GIVE AWAY SPOILERS IN YOUR OWN BOOK?! I get that its a children’s book, and that I’m probably being a little more than unfair here, but this book wasn’t an enjoyable read. Is it a good book? Yes, a classic. I can see how this led to the lord of the rings. But there was too much that was predictable for me to enjoy. But the act of actually READING the hobbit in the year 2020 is rather a grating and unsatisfying experience.
  • I want my $ back

    By Lodyay
    Only ever downloaded 14% and will not complete! Really disappointed!!!!
  • Excellent

    By S. Mick
    Always a good read.
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  • Downloaded the book directly from app—will not open!

    By Canbyds
    My iBooks app is fully updated as is my iOS, but I get a warning that says the book is incorrectly formatted.
  • Love the "enhancements"

    By Osafune
    I wish I could find enhanced versions of the trilogy, because I really enjoyed this. I'm not a fan of audiobooks at all, but it was really neat hearing small parts of this is Tolkien's voice. Also, he sings some of the songs so you know the tune. I didn't have any problems zooming in on the maps like other readers did. Overall, it's a fun, easy read.
  • Lolojofus

    By Snake Boy🐍
    It was better then the paper copy! They did great on the extra facts, the book it self is a wonderful book indeed.📕📗📘📙
  • Very good book

    By Jukut undis
    Very good book
  • There and Back Again

    By JakTheGreat
    A fantastic read for young and old alike. A story that makes one fall in love with tales of legend, despair, and even Hobbits. If you are thinking of reading this book... Do it! I'd hardly think you'll regret it.