The Hobbit

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                              "May the hair on your toes never fall out!"    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

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About the Story
The Hobbit is considered to be a children's classic. J.R.R. Tolkien tells the tale of an unlikely hero, Bilbo Baggins, who sets off on a quest to help a band of dwarves tackle a dragon. Like all Hobbits, Bilbo enjoys food and a comfortable life and he is definitely not looking for adventure.

Meet the Author
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in 1892 in South Africa but lived in England for most of his life. He began writing stories to entertain his own children. Read a short biography at the online Tolkien Bookshop. Read a detailed biography at the BBC.

Hobbit Name Generator 
Visit the Hobbit Name Generator Fun web page to find out your Hobbit name. Are you a Baggins from Bagend or a Gamgee-Took of Bywater? 

Hobbit Glossary
The Hobbit contains many words that are not in common usage today. Oliver Loo has compiled a Hobbit glossary. You could also try Wordsmyth online dictionary. Click on ‘children’s dictionary' after you type the word. Or check out Word Central and choose from dictionary or thesaurus and listen to the word. 

Hobbit Movie Trailer
First published as a hard cover novel in 1937, The Hobbit has been made into cartoons, plays, computer games and movies. In 2012,                                The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released. Check out the promo video for this very cool version of The Hobbit.

Riddles in the Dark 
If you're game, go to Warner Brothers web site to visit Gollum and try your hand at Riddles in the Dark.
It likes riddles, praps it does, does it?  Gollum, The Hobbit

Hobbit Book Covers
The Tolkien Library has hundreds of different Hobbit covers from the many editions of the book that have been published around the world. Click on an image to enlarge it. Have a go at designing a new eye-catching cover.

For Hobbit Experts
So you think you know all about The Hobbit? Test yourself with this quick quiz at the BBC. Or challenge yourself with a range of Hobbit quizzes at Fun Trivia. Remember, the movie is different in some ways for the book and the first Hobbit movie only tells part of the story.

For Teachers
Tolkien's Middle-earth PDF units of work on The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings from Houghton Mifflin (for secondary school – adaptable for primary classes) Random House Teacher’s Guide is a great resource.

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