Blurb: J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to The Lord of the Rings trilogy—the enchanting prelude to the Lord of the Rings.
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. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
Awards: Keith Barker Millennium Book Award,
Books I Loved Best Yearly (BILBY) Awards for Older Readers (1997),
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies (1990)