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The Annotated Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson
The Annotated Hobbit
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For readers throughout the world, The Hobbit serves as an introduction to the enchanting world of Middle-earth, home of elves, wizards, dwarves, goblins, dragons, orcs and a host of other creatures depicted in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion -- tales that sprang from the mind of the... show more
For readers throughout the world, The Hobbit serves as an introduction to the enchanting world of Middle-earth, home of elves, wizards, dwarves, goblins, dragons, orcs and a host of other creatures depicted in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion -- tales that sprang from the mind of the most beloved author of all time, J.R.R. Tolkien. Newly expanded and completely redesigned, Douglas A. Anderson's The Annotated Hobbit is the definitive explication of the sources, characters, places, and things of J.R.R. Tolkien's timeless classic. Integrated with Anderson's notes and placed alongside the fully restored and corrected text of the original story are more than 150 illustrations showing visual interpretations of The Hobbit specific to many of the cultures that have come to know and love Tolkien's Middle-earth. Tolkien's original line drawings, maps and color paintings are also included, making this the most lavishly informative edition of The Hobbit available. The Annotated Hobbit shows how Tolkien worked as a writer, what his influences and interests were, and how these relate to the invented world of Middle-earth. It gives a valuable overview of Tolkien's life and the publishing history of The Hobbit, and explains how every feature of The Hobbit fits within the rest of Tolkien's invented world. Here we learn how Gollum's character was revised to accommodate the true nature of the One Ring, and we can read the full text of The Quest of Erebor, Gandalf's explanation of how he came to send Bilbo Baggins on his journey with the dwarves. Anderson also makes meaningful and often surprising connections to our own world and literary history -- from Beowulf to The Marvellous Land of Snergs, from the Brothers Grimm to C. S. Lewis.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780618134700 (0618134700)
ASIN: 618134700
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
Series: Middle-Earth Universe
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I Cannot Live Without Books!
I Cannot Live Without Books! rated it
4.0 The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition
This has to be at least the fourth or fifth time I've read this delightful book and at least the second time I've read this particular edition, enhanced by the charming illustrations of Jemima Caitlin.
Book Blog (S. Thomas Kaza)
Book Blog (S. Thomas Kaza) rated it
5.0 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
With the many fantasy books on the market these days, it is easy to forget where it all started. Reading Tolkien for me is like going home. The Hobbit was one of the first fantasy stories I read, so it may have an unfair advantage on my sensibilities. But I believe the characters, the action, the de...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
4.5 Ebook version
I made all the teachers laugh in the prep room. I said I had 4000 kindle books, and I couldn't find anything to read. See, I wanted to read this. Thankfully, when Jackson released the Hobbit movies, this kindle version was on sale for under $2. I figured why not. I don't usually double buy unless y...
 Spooky's House Of Books
Spooky's House Of Books rated it
3.5 finally picked it up and read it
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable and quiet life. His contentment is disturbed one day when the wizard, Gandalf, and the dwarves arrive to take him away on an adventure. Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out ...
Gene
Gene rated it
4.0 The Hobbit
I find it hard to believe there are people who have no clue what the book is about. Still the possibility exists so I will give the high points of the plot. See there once was a hobbit (a race entirely created by Tolkien and endlessly recycled since under name halflings - for copyright reasons) name...
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