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The Hobbit: children's book of the month, June 2012

The HobbitOur June book of the month was first published in September 1937 and is one of the most enduring classics in children's literature.

One day, while marking examination papers for his students, Professor Tolkien found himself presented with a blank piece of paper. So delighted was he with having nothing to read, he quickly wrote: "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." And so began the story of Mr Bilbo Baggins, and his quest to accompany 13 dwarves and one wizard to find the treasure of the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent.

The Hobbit's 75th anniversary will see the release of a major movie in December and we hope that by running this as June Children's book of the month, it'll encourage you to share this classic book with your children before they see the film.

We would also love to hear about your own memories of The Hobbit. When did you first read it? Did your parents read it to you? What does the word 'Hobbit' bring to your mind? Share your memories on this thread and you'll be automatically entered into our fab competition (see more below).

If you'd like to get involved in the discussion you can buy The Hobbit here.



Hobbit film still

Hobbit film still


WIN! Tickets to a private screening of The Hobbit

Mumsnetters who take part in our book club discussion about The Hobbit in June will be entered into a prize draw to win family tickets for a private screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Wednesday 19th December at Warner Brothers private screening rooms with luxurious, leather sofa chairs. Goodie bags will be arranged with Hobbit merchandise PLUS an overnight stay at Mayfair's Athenaeum Hotel, described by a mumsnetter as "by far the most child-friendly place we've ever stayed in both service and attitude". Full details of the prize will be sent to the winner at the end of the month. Click here for Terms and conditions.  


 From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The second film will be “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who—along with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and 13 dwarves—is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”—a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)—is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro. Jackson is also producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing, being handled by MGM.


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