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Study Guide for J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit including chapter summary, character analysis, and more. Learn all about The Hobbit, ask questions, and get the answers you need.


Book Basics

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Year Published: 1937

Type: Novel

Genre: Fantasy

Perspective and Narrator:

The Hobbit is told in the third-person omniscient voice.


The Hobbit is told primarily in the past tense through the narrator's viewpoint. However, the narrator sometimes speaks directly in the present tense.

About the Title:

The Hobbit refers to the main character, Bilbo Baggins. The subtitle, There and Back Again, is the title of Bilbo's fictional memoirs.

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