The Hobbit Book Club

The Hobbit Book Club



Read It Before You See It!


You've been meaning to read the book before the first movie in the trilogy releases on December 14–why not start now? During the month of October, we're hosting a community read of The Hobbit. Discuss the book with others online; everyone from first-time readers to die-hard fans to Tolkien scholars will be chiming in. Plus we have tons of extra material to enhance your reading experience, including readings of favorite passages, interviews with experts, and all the latest news from the set of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Read on to see the many ways you can participate.




October 1 – October 15
Read and discuss chapters 1 – 10

October 16 – October 31
Read and discuss chapters 11 – 19

Tuesday, October 30, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Twitter chat: Follow #ReadtheHobbit


Where’s Your Favorite Place to Talk About Books?


Join the discussion on Goodreads.
Join the discussion on Facebook.
Join the discussion on Twitter using #ReadtheHobbit and tune in at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, October 30 for an hour-long Twitter chat.


Further Reading


Looking for more information to enhance your reading of The Hobbit? Follow the links below for everything you need as you read along.


Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit Reader’s Guide

The Hobbit Reference Guide

The Hobbit Educator’s Guide

A conversation with Douglas A. Anderson, author of The Annotated Hobbit

A conversation with Tom Shippey, author of J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century

Watch an interview with publisher Rayner Unwin
At age ten, Unwin was the person who first reviewed The Hobbit, and acting on his advice his father Sir Stanley published it. He was paid one shilling for the review.

Watch Peter Jackson’s production videos, movie trailers, and more

For a list of related titles, visit our online Tolkien catalog


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