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Report on the Hobbit

Report on the Hobbit is Rayner Unwin's reader's report on The Hobbit, written on October 30, 1936, when he was age ten. The manuscript is kept in the J.R.R. Tolkien Collection at Marquette University Libraries (Series 5, Box 2, Folder 7), and was published in the The Annotated Hobbit.[1]

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"Review of "The Hobbit" 30 October 1936

Bilbo Baggins was a Hobbit who lived in his Hobbit hole and neverwent for adventures, at last Gandalf the wizard and his Dwarves persuaded him to go. He had a very exiting (sic) time fighting goblins and wargs. At last they get to the lonely mountain; Smaug, the dragon who guards it is killed and after a terrific battle with the goblins he returned home — rich!

This book, with the help of maps, does not need any illustrations it is good and should appeal to all children between the ages of 5 and 9.

Rayner Unwin"


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, "Introduction", p. 14