J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
'The greatest children's book ever written... Funny,
frightening, dense with detail and gloriously vivid, it is the one
adventure story every eight-year-old should have.'
Amanda Craig, The Times
'The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and those who are going to
'A finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins
and trolls... an exciting epic of travel and magical adventure, all
working up to a devastating climax.'