Win a copy of The Hobbit (book) with Waterstones

The nice people at Waterstones, have sent me a copy of the new printing of The Hobbit, which has been reprinted to tie in with the film that is coming out.

I eventually grew to like the Hobbit as a child.  I tried to read it when I was younger, as we did a drama study of it in Year 5 at school. I didn’t manage to get into it then, but came back to it as a teenager, after I had read the Lord of the Rings, and loved it. I have since reread it about 3 or 4 times.

I love the setting of Middle Earth – I read a lot of fantasy fiction and I think that Middle Earth remains one of the best and most believable fantasy settings out there.  It is very easy for the reader to retreat into this alternate world and believe in all of the characters that inhabit it.

Normally I am a great fan of making my children read a book before I take them to see the films that accompany it – we did this with the whole Harry Potter series and I think we all got a lot more out of the film by reading the book first.

However in the case of the Hobbit, I am inclined to revise my normal view.  The language used in the book is a bit dense (it was written in 1937) , and it may be a little hard for some children to appreciate exactly what Middle Earth is all about.  However I am sure that many children will go and see the film (I will certainly be taking mine) and will then return to this classic book with their eyes opened, and see it for the lovely story that it is, and a great prelude to Lord of the Rings.

Here is a Synopsis (for those that haven’t read it yet)

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…

I have kept the copy that Waterstones sent me pristine, so I can offer it to somebody in a giveaway – please check the Rafflecopter widget below.  I still have my old thumbed copy from many years ago, which I keep in a prominent place on my shelf

 

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11 thoughts on “Win a copy of The Hobbit (book) with Waterstones

  1. Amanda Hart

    My son and husband will be watching the film, I would love this prize for my husband and he can read it together with my son :)

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  2. Cassie

    We love the Hobbit. Eldest son is excited about seeing the film. Yes please to the book too – great stocking filler!

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  4. kristine

    I haven’t seen this movie yet, but I will definitely watch this. And I would also love to have a copy (being an avid fan of books). I hope I can have it. :) Thanks for giving me some background info about the story on your synopsis. It made my decision to see it final. Kudos!

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  5. Calra

    Can I please have it? :) I wish I can win that free copy. i guess it will be best if i could read the story first before I watch the movie. It’ll make my year if I’ll win that. (No pressure on choosing the winner :) ) Thanks for this blog and the chance to have that copy!

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  6. Emilia

    My son loves stories like this. I hope I can have the copy so I can inspire him to read it before we watch the movie. Not only that it will help him understand the movie but I can also urge him to read books. Thank you so much!

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  7. Veronica

    Being a Harry Potter fan as a child didn’t give me much time to enjoy the LOTR series. I read The Hobbit though. It was enteraining! After watching the movie the other day, I’m dying to get a new copy of the book.

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