The Hobbit: Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure.
If you’ve never read this beloved classic, make some tea, toast some bread, and settle in for a read-aloud treat.
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
From the book’s famous opening line to the very last page, The Hobbit is a story that never disappoints. Hobbits, dwarves, wizards, and one very greedy dragon all appear in this Middle Earth fantasy novel (or more of a fairy tale, if you ask Tolkien).
At the heart of The Hobbit is Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who lives a comfortable life in the Shire never wishing to leave his cozy, well-situated home. Everything changes when a wizard named Gandalf arrives with a company of dwarves hoping to tempt Bilbo to join them on an adventure. (Spoiler alert: Bilbo goes. 😉)
The Hobbit is the perfect entry to the world of Middle Earth. Once you enter, you’ll want to continue with Bilbo, his nephew Frodo, and a host of other unforgettable characters in The Lord of the Rings stories.
This book is recommended for ages 8 and up, but it’s a great read-aloud for any child who can listen!
Fun Fact: September 22nd is Hobbit Day!