Teacher Guide

The Hobbit Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Hobbit

The Hobbit was J.R.R. Tolkien's first exploration of the fully-realized fantasy world of Middle-Earth. It is a quest story at its heart, a modern myth that values cleverness over strength, kindness over power, and compromise over stubbornness. The text skirts political and social commentary while never straying from its commitment to storytelling. Bilbo Baggins, the titular hobbit, is a quintessentially English hero, whose love for the comforts of home is only trumped by his desire to do right by his friends. The Hobbit has inspired multiple adaptations in various mediums, from films to theatrical productions to rock songs.

Key Aspects of The Hobbit


The Hobbit is at times...

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