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'The Hobbit' Summary / Overview



Published as a novel in 1936, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is a fantasy novel, beloved by readers of all ages. Tolkien introduces us to the world of Middle-Earth, where men, dwarves, hobbits and all manner of other creatures interact in a fantastical adventure.


  • Title: The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Type of Work & Genre: Adventure Novel; Hero Story; Fantasy; Satire.
  • Time & Place (Setting): Middle-Earth.
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Publication Date: September 21, 1937.
  • Narrator: Anonymous.
  • Protagonist: Bilbo Baggins.
  • Point of View: Third person.


  • Great English fantasy classic
  • One of J.R.R. Tolkien's most famous works
  • Challenged

How It Fits In

The Hobbit was the first novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The novel has been challenged in schools and libraries, but it also helped to popularize the fantasy genre. The book is compelling partly because of its humorous and satirical tone. We're drawn into the lives (and misadventures) of Tolkien's famous characters.

Ultimately, Bilbo achieves his goal.

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