If you have never read the Lord of the Rings, this is a great intoducion to the never ending depths of Middle Earth. Learn the history of Frodo's adventures; how it all got started sixty years ago. If you have read LOTR but not this, you should be ashamed! Sixty years is about time! True, the book is written for a younger audeince, but adult and child alike will find it a charming, intriguing tale of bravery, loyalty, and high adventure. What better way to introduce someone to the wonders of Tolkien's world than this wonderfully illustrated book. There's a reason that six decades is not enough to keep millions of readers from enjoying The Hobbit. When other authors come and go with time, certain ones become mile stones in the history of literature. Tolkien redefines Fantasy.