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Poems from The Hobbit Hardcover – December, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Min edition (December 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618009345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618009343
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 3.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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J.R.R. Tolkien (1892.1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

Customer Reviews

The poems are fun and interesting to read.
"eleis173"
Perhaps teachers should Recognize the potential for inspiring youth, via the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Graham D. Lincoln
This small pocket sized book has all the poems and ridlles from the Hobbit!
"angrod"

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "angrod" on March 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This small pocket sized book has all the poems and ridlles from the Hobbit! It is illstrated with Tolkien's artwork from the Hobbit (and some of his artwork not from the Hobbit). It is small enough to take it with you everywhere you go. If only there was one for the Lord of the Rings.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Volmar on June 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This pint-sized, delightful book, richly and colorfully illustrated with thirty of Tolkien's own drawings, contains all twelve poems from the Hobbit as they were originally published. As a bonus, it also includes the eight riddles Gollum poses to Bilbo, complete with their answers.
This wonderful volume is sure to be enjoyable to readers of all ages, and a wonderful keepsake that Tolkien followers can afford to carry around with them wherever they go. You shouldn't miss it.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deumjee Choi on March 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A nice little book the size of your palm that has all the poems from The Hobbit - as the title says. Interesting illustrations, and convenient because you don't have to leaf though The Hobbit to find the poems. I guess Tolkien never made any tunes to go with his poems, but if there were any he approved of I'd like to hear the poetry and music together. I also wish there was a book called Poems From The Lord of the Rings.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2004
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Mister Tolkien is one of my favorite authors, and I love all of his works. I enjoyed this book because it contains all of the poems and some original artwork of Tolkien's, but I was slightly disappointed by the size. I was surprised at just how 'pocket size' it really was - almost a miniature book, you could say. It is a cute and witty addition to any Tolkien collection, but, like I said, not what I expected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
J.R.R. Tolkien's classic books are sprinkled with poems, ranging from enchanting to whimsical, from everybody from hobbits to elves. And "Poems From the Hobbit" compiles the twelve poems from the novel in a teeny-weeny little book illustrated by Tolkien himself.

The poems in here are, obviously, all from "The Hobbit," usually in the form of songs. Some of these are fun and cheerful, like the mocking song that the dwarves sing ("Chip the glasses and crack the plates!/Blunt the knives and bend the forks!/That's what Bilbo Baggins hates") or the nonsensical little ditty the Rivendell elves sing ("O! What are you doing,/And where are you going?/Your ponies need shoeing!/The river is flowing!/O! tra-la-la-lally/here down in the valley!").

Some of these poems are more fragmented and bizarre than real songs -- the goblins' triumphant song ("Clap! Snap! the black crack!/Grip, grab! Pinch, nab!") and Bilbo's spider-killing song are two examples, where it seems more like an opportunity for the characters to shout out taunts in rhyme.

But the best poetry here -- and the ones that show Tolkien at his best -- are the entrancing ones that sound like ancient, starlit epics: "The mountain smoked beneath the moon;/The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom/They fled their hall to dying fall/Beneath his feet, beneath the moon/Far over the misty mountains grim/To dungeons deep and caverns dim."

Academics like to sniff at Tolkien's poetry, though I doubt they could manage the range or vividity that his writing has. His poetry speaks for itself, as does his ability to do everything from storytelling epics to riddles to funny little songs about nothing in particular. THAT takes quite a lot of talent.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "eleis173" on April 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good little book. The poems are fun and interesting to read. The riddle section is especially fun. buy it. Read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By christine.cohen92 on December 19, 2011
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I bought it as a gift. I really like it, but it is rather small. I thought it would be a little bigger.
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