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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

Welcome to The Hobbit activity page dedicated to the world reknown book by J.R.R. Tolkien.  If you are a displaced inhabitant of Middle-Earth and learning English then this page is for you. 

On this page you will find fun, interesting and challenging activities to help you with your listening, writing, reading and speaking skills. 

So, as the longest journey starts with a single step, why not continue your adventure in English by following the simple tale of a simple hobbit...

The Book

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

First published in 1937 this masterpiece by Tolkien would later pave the way for his following works in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In fact many people regard The Hobbit as a prelude to The Lord of the Rings. However while The Hobbit can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike, whereas the LotR trilogy primarily appeals to more mature readers due to its complexity. 

The Hobbit as you most likely very well know due to its recent adaptation into film, tells us of the adventure of an unlikely hero convinced to leave the comforts of his bucolic home in the company of a band of dwarves and a wizard in their quest to recover their lost gold.  Set in Middle-Earth the band encounters the very things that make up the best of fantasy novels - trolls, dragons, elves and other magic beings.

The tale has sparked the imagination of readers since its first publishing and has never been out of print. And for those of you learning English this book is a perfect place to start in your exploration of the world of Middle-Earth and the best of the English language.

Comprehension Questions

Download in PDF here.

The reading comprehension guide will accompany you on quest to read The Hobbit.  Download and print this guide in PDF and answer the questions and look up the vocabulary chapter by chapter as you read the novel. 

 

Listening

◊Read and listen to The Hobbit online.  Click on Bilbo's hobbit hole to be taken to an online version of The Hobbit with accompanying audio file. Simply choose your speed and follow the text while you listen to the audio book.  

◊Practice your listening comprehension with music.  Listen to and find the words from the song Misty Mountain Cold on Lyrics Training.

◊ Watch and Listen to the Film Trailer, Fill in the blanks in the text with what you hear in the full-length trailer for the cinematic adaptation of The Hobbit.

◊Movie Trailer Activities, Watch and listen to the movie trailer for the financially motivated 3rd film in Peter Jackson's cinematic adaptation The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies.

Vocabulary

Learn the diverse vocabulary of the book.  You can change the type of exercise on the bottom left by opening the menu "Choose Study Mode".

Other Activities

  • Make your own story - British Council create your own story using this online Faiseur d'Histoire (débutant)
  • Summary of The Fellowship of the Ring - practice your verb tenses by completing this 3 part exercise. (faux débutant)
  • Passive Voice Gap Fill - Learn about the life of J.R.R. Tolkien while practicing the passive voice in English. (intermediate)
  • Gap Fill and Crossword Puzzle - Download and print to do this fun activity about the life of Pr. Tolkien. (intermediate)
  • Sentence Order - Practice your syntax by putting the sentences in the correct order in this narrative of the story of the Ring. (upper intermediate)

Who's Who

Seven dwarves a dragon a wizzard... Learn the names of the characters of the Hobbit to help you track the story.

Interactive Fiction

Enter into the world of literary fiction and become an active player in the story line.  Check out EnglishCaddy's Literary Fiction collection in the library and begin your own adventure.

The One Ring Explained

Are you curious about what the One Ring acutally does and what its conncetion is to the peoples of Middle-Earth?  This concise video created by educator CGP Grey will help you understand.  (Upper-intermediate)  Subtitles available by clicking on the "cc/subtitle" button on the bottom right of the video controls.

Comments and Thoughts

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