ANSWERS: 62
  • I've read it, and also the trilogy. Good book, and it's at a much easier reading level than the trilogy.
  • Yes, some years ago now. Thoroughly enjoyed it, I am rather hoping they are going to make it into a film.
  • I have...and I read both the book and the comic to my younger sister. Both my mom and dad have a copy, but I enjoy books by Tolkien so much I bought a luxury eddition, which I still like to read a little in from time to time.
  • I have i liked it alot
  • Many times, but not for years and years now (about 10-15 I think). I much prefer the grander scope and more muscular script of LOTR, but the Hobbit has it's place, and sets the scene nicely for 'A Long Expected Party'. LOTR initially began as another children's story, and only really begins to mature in chapter 2, 'The Shadow of the Past'. Tolkien was honest when he wrote that the story 'got away from him' and developed and grew in totally unforseen ways - the book plot simply wasn't fully planned. Many people for this reason get more than a bit bogged down in the sudden change in complexity and bredth of LOTR.
  • I haven't read The Hobbit, went straight to LOTR. Did I miss much?
  • Yes, the first 'proper books' I received as a child were The Hobbit and The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.
  • Yes, I read it. Very good book, but lik the trilogy, very involved! You had to really read it so that you could understand what the f*ck was going on, you know?
  • I had to read it in high school.
  • it took me about a year(i was in year 5), but i got there in the end! i still havent finninshed the return of the king yet!!!
  • I started with the Hobbit and went right on to the trilogy!!!!!! loved it!!!!!!!!!
  • I tried and I tried and I tried...could not get into the books!
  • We had to in 8th grade.
  • Yes I have, quite a few times. "The Hobbit" is an easier book to read than the Lord of The Rings trilogy, as it was aimed at a younger audience. It's still an excellent read, for all of that.
  • I've read them all and even The Silmarillion which was rather difficult to read but wonderful too.
  • This was my very first fantasy novel. I loved it! It also sets the path for the rest of the sequels.
  • I read it twice a long time ago, loved it both times. Really enjoyed LOTR as well.
  • A long time ago as a high schooler and then when the trilogy came out again.
  • yep, i thought it was good.
  • i have. great book, i enjoyed it immensely.
  • i bought a copy at a second hand bookshop for R4 about 17mnths before the Lord of the rings became huge and i could see the old lady at the bookshop kicking herself for it!
  • i did way back in the 70s
  • I read it, a while ago. Very enjoyable. I read it before I read LoTR. My Uncle got it for me, when I was younger, and I started it right away. TMI? Yeah.
  • I read it and LOVED it. I heard about a year ago that they are making a movie from the book. I could be wrong though, so don't quote me.
  • I read every book in the LOTR series.
  • I've read it twice.
  • I read it years ago. My mom turned me onto it when she saw what a bookworm I was. After I finished it, I went straight into the Lord of the Rings, then the Simarillion. I have all the books and re-read them periodically when I really just want to lose myself in story. (except for the Silmarillion, which is good for background, but quite difficult to read all at once, but with gems of story here and there - fills in the blanks so to speak) The Hobbit is definitely the least complicated of the books and a good book to introduce younger readers to the fantasy genre. My boys and I read it together in the evenings before bed.
  • Read it and loved it.
  • I did, way, way back in the 60s. I enjoyed it immensely.
  • I have, It's REALLY good! Saddly I haven't read lord of the rings yet but I'm about to start
  • I read The Hobbit for the first time when I was little, and it's still my favourite book. I've read it more times than I can count. It has a completely different way of phrase than The Lord Of The Rings triology. It's lighter. If they were all colours, The Hobbit would have brighter and cleaner colours than the triology =P
  • Moi. It was the first 'proper' book I read on my own. I loved it, it's what inspired me to keep reading.
  • It was my first book ^_^ My daddy used it to teach me how to read. I remember trying to pronounce "Khazad-Dum"... that wasn't easy for a 4 year old... it was the beginning of an obsession. I have now read The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings series (it's six books, not three, BTW), The Book of Lost Tales (one and two), the Silmarillion, the Lays of Belieriand, The Tolkien Reader, Unfinished Tales, The Shaping of Middle-Earth, The Lost Road and Other Writings, The Letters of JRR Tolkien, and The Languages of Tolkien's Middle Earth. I still haven't gotten my hands on The Children of Hurin, the newest book, though ^_^
  • I read that book so many times that I did not even need to reread it to take a test over that when i was in school.
  • Yep. I even read them in order. Hobbit first.
  • Yes, and many others. Tolkiens entire Middle Earth series is excellent. The "Hobbit" and "LOTR" deal with hobbits and the familiar story line. "The Silmarillion" gives a detailed history of the Elves specifically and 12 volumes making up "The History of Middle-earth" deal with the everything leading up to the circumstances surrounding the familiar stories. These latter works were compiled and published by Christopher Tolkien, JRR's son. "The Children of Húrin" was released earlier this year and is expected to be the last of the original content of Middle Earth. Tolkien crafted his imaginary realm around the events of his life and drew many striking parallels into Middle Earth. I cannot recommend highly enough that you follow up with all these stories if you enjoyed "LOTR".
  • i have i wonder if they will mek a film of it
  • I loved 'The Hobbit'. It gives such a great explanation for the Lord of The Rings, and it really sets the theme... Giving some of the ring's history and some starts to characters really helps the reader of Lord of the Rings understand... Great books...
  • Heck yes read and loved it. Oddly it was required reading in 7th grade for me and I couldn't think of anything better at that point. I made me REALLY want to read and then I very much enjoyed THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. so much so I read it several times, and was very concerned the movies could do it NO justice. While the novels were better the movies did a remarkable job and I was very pleased and blown away by how well they brought my imagination to life so many years later. I tried many times to get into THE SILMARILLON(sp?) which was slao based on Middle Earth but had a hard time following or "getting into it"
  • I read it before I read LOR. I've read both at least twice. The first time back in the mid-late 1970s.
  • With 40+ answers on here, I'm not sure my answer'll be read by the general public, but YES, I did read the Hobbit. Actually as a kid, my dad read LOTR to me as a bedtime story and my sister and I would always want him to go back and read the part about Bilbo and Gollum. I actually own The Hobbit, an animated version, on both VHS and, recently, DVD. It was one of my favorite movies as a kid because it was my favorite story.
  • I read it but only after I had read LOTR
  • i read the book back in high school it was not bad, the cartoon was okay i guess but Peter Jackson is doing the movie prequel which should be good, but read the book first
  • I have. :)
  • I was never going to return to this addictive site, but since I had a bad day...I'm giving myself a thumbs up. ;) I'm the only person I know who actually loved the Hobbit more than the Lord of the Rings series. I read the Hobbit first, and loved it...then I ended up buying LOTR books all three at once. I found those to be long, and not as interesting...don't have a good reason for it. Maybe I got burnt out?! What's funny is a friend gave me Children of the Hurin and I've had it for four months...read about six pages. I guess I need a breather from the LOTR series.
  • Yup I read it with my Mom and sister when I was nine I think, and enjoyed it better than the trilogy.
  • It was the first book I ever read. My daddy used it to teach me to read when I was four. I'd finished it and the Lord of the Rings by the end of third grade. I'm still a HUGE Tolkien fan.
  • I have worn out a couple of copies. Always a good escapist read!
  • I've read the Hobbit because I was really into D&D for awhile. It made me read the LoTR and that gave me insomnia because I just couldn't put the books down.
  • What have I got in my pocket?
  • Yep- read it and loved it, preciousss!
  • I've read it 2 or 3 times. According to some sources, Peter ackson is producing a movie of it for release in 2012. I hope it's before December 21st. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903624/ http://marketsaw.blogspot.com/2007/11/hot-hobbit-news-jackson-will-helm.html
  • I have.
  • I have read it, AND the trilogy, at least twice, 30+ years ago.
  • Meee! I love it!
  • I've not read it. I own the book though.
  • I read it for the first time at the age of about 8 years or so. I saw a 50th anniversary edition in my parent's book shelf one year, and wanted to read it. For the safety of that edition, I was given my own. But alas, I own the 50th edition now! Mwahaha! If you think that's weird, at the age of 10, I wasn't allowed to see "The Fellowship of the Ring" until I had read the book first. I managed to do it too, just as it came out on VHS.
  • When I was younger, yes, and I'm curious about the movie.
  • I read it for the first time two months ago and I'm now nearly finished the trilogy. Love it! Can't wait to see how the movie fairs out :)
  • First book I ever read - and it began an obsession that's been running for 19 years so far. ^_^
  • Can't say how many have, but I did many moons ago.
  • I have. It wasn't as good as the ring trilogy, but it was kind of necessary to understanding the ring trilogy.

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