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If you like The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (for adults)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien: 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.

If you liked The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, you may also like these titles (for adults):

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
A slightly disorganized and somewhat naive interplanetary tourist named Twoflower joins up with a bumbling wizard and embarks on a chaotic voyage through a world filled with monsters and dragons, heroes and knaves. (worldcat.org) First of the Discworld series.
 
 
 
 
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The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore
Here for the first time in one volume is R.A. Salvatore's The Dark Elf trilogy, the stirring epic that recounts the tortured beginnings and early struggles of Drizzt Do'Urden, one of the most beloved characters of the Forgotten Realms setting. (worldcat.org)
 
 
 
 
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
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Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
Garion the farm boy did not believe in magic dooms, but then he did not know that soon he would be on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger when the dread evil God Torak was reawakened. (worldcat.org)
 
 
 
 
 
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Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
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The Worm Ouroboros by Eric Rücker Eddison
This book, first published in 1922, was a major precursor to the Lord of the Rings, and was read and praised by Tolkien himself. It "describes the protracted war between the domineering King Gorice of Witchland and the Lords of Demonland in an imaginary world that appears mainly medieval and partly reminiscent of Norse sagas" (en.wikipedia.org).