"Text of this edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics in 1998 ... corrections have been made to that setting. ... This edition for young readers was designed ... in 2001"--Title page verso.
List of illustrations -- Note on the text -- Author's note -- An unexpected party -- Roast mutton -- A short rest -- Over hill and under hill -- Riddles in the dark -- Out of the frying-pan into the fire -- Queer lodgings -- Flies and spiders -- Barrels out of bond -- A warm welcome -- On the doorstep -- Inside information -- Not at home -- Fire and water -- The gathering of the clouds -- A thief in the night -- The clouds burst -- The return journey -- The last stage -- Chapter 1 of The fellowship of the ring. Book one of The lord of the rings. A long-expected party.
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return. He becomes a thief for a band of dwarves and soon finds himself in the midst of a war with the evil goblins and wargs, and is forced to make a decision between the call of duty and the pull of the simple life.