The Hobbit is a novel by J. R. R. Tolkien that was that was first published in 1937. A prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit details the adventures of Bilbo Baggins on his quest to aid a group of dwarves in reclaiming their land and treasure from the dragon Smaug. Along the way, Bilbo discovers his values, skills, and courage, suggesting heroism and strength lie within everyone.


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