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The Hobbit [Kindle Edition]

J.R.R. Tolkien
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Book Description

Now a major motion picture

A great modern classic and the prelude to THE LORD OF THE RINGS
 
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

“A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts.” – New York Times Book Review


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The Hobbit
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A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings, with an iconic cover inspired by Tolkien’s designs.

This charming deluxe pocket-sized edition contains the complete unabridged text and features a beautiful leatherette cover and gilt-edging. The perfect gift for little Hobbits everywhere!

A beautiful gift edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's enchanting tale, fully illustrated by Jemima Catlin.

This deluxe hardcover edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy contains a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien’s own drawings and full-color illustrations, including the rare “Mirkwood” piece.

The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001).

This deluxe collector's edition of Tolkien's modern classic is boxed and bound in green leatherette with gold and red foil rune stamping on the spine and cover. The text pages are printed in black with green accents. It includes five full page illustrations in full color and many more in two colors, in addition to Thror's map -- all prepared by the author.

Amazon.com Review

The Hobbit (or There and Back Again) is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien. It follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who embarks on an incredible journey. This children's classic and literary masterpiece was first published in 1937 and has since become a treasured work of fantasy literature. Dragons, trolls, and magic await the reader on this memorable adventure.

Bilbo, along with his friend Gandalf the Wizard, embarks on an adventure with a band of dwarves that sends them into the wild and the depths of the earth to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a dragon. Along the way, he meets elves, men, giants, goblins, spiders, eagles, and a strange creature named Gollum.

While the tale of the Lord of the Rings has become highly popular in our modern society, The Hobbit is the original story that laid the groundwork for this epic tale to take place. What transpires as a game of riddles and escape from the creature Gollum in the Hobbit is, in fact, the foundation for an entire adventure for the whole of Middle Earth in Bilbo's later years.

Inspired by the author's time serving in World War I, The Hobbit builds to a climactic battle in which many characters met throughout the book reappear. This stunning fairytale is one of adventure, lessons learned, and an entire world born of Tolkien's imagination and desire for an English folklore. The Hobbit is a timeless classic that can be appreciated by readers of all ages.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4385 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482077574
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (February 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079KT81G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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451 of 481 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, the best way to read The Hobbit February 20, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Okay, so I say that this is the best way to read The Hobbit. And I am dead serious.
I know that annotated books can be difficult to navigate, filled with useless, pointless, or just plain boring information, and can be grossly oversized. That is not the case here.
So - here's the scoop.
The original story is very nicely presented, with all original illustrations in color when possible, and in black and white elsewhere. The type is nice and clear, very easy to read. (Many cheaper editions are also rather hard on the eyes. Check the print before you buy, folks!)
The illustrations are printed very clearly, and with very good notes on what they are.
And then the annotations - useful, engaging, and very well done. You will WANT to read these. We discover how the book was written, and what was changed between editions. (There were many changes made so that The Hobbit would conform more easily to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.) There are fascinating tidbits about Tolkien's life and the experiences that made their way into the story.
The forward tells about the writing of the novel, and the appedices give additional details about the text.
There are also many illustrations from other editions of the book. These are varied, from thought-provoking to not-provoking.
And the book is not too big. Some editions are simply too big to be read, but this book is reasonably sized so that you can actually READ IT! In fact, I have not read any other edition of The Hobbit for years, since the original annotated version came out.
The new edition is very much worthwhile. Enjoy!
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132 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit Jemima Catlin October 1, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just wanted to take the time to update anyone who is interested in purchasing this illustrated edition of The Hobbit. As you probably know, there aren't many illustrated editions of the hobbit and most that are illustrated aren't all that incredible. So far, my favorite edition has been the one by Alan Lee. I must say, it's hard to top his work. Alan Lee really helped bring the story to life for me when I first read this incredible adventure by Tolkien. However, because I believe that The Hobbit is a tale directed at the hearts of children and adults that are young at heart, I believe that Jemima Catlin's illustrated edition has topped even the great Alan Lee's. First off, the quality of this book is excellent. The book has been wrapped in cloth so the book feels high quality and soft to the touch. Also, the cover has a beautiful illustration from the book that includes carefully placed gold etching on the leaves, title, and author's name. This really gives the book a nice luster and shine. The book doesn't come with a book jacket and honestly I think that was smart based off of how high quality the book feels and looks. It just doesn't need a cheap paper jacket to cover such a beautiful looking book.

The illustrations that are presented in the book are a thing of beauty. Not only are there a great many (every two or three pages or so) but they are incredibly colorful and really pop when you look at them. I do think the illustrator's style is to appear more colorful and simple at first glance, but at the same time you will look at the illustrations carefully and see the amount of time and effort that she put into this work. I love this style of simplicity and use of color.
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155 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical memories.... October 31, 2000
By Steph
Format:Paperback
My father introduced the late great Mr J.R.R. Tolkien to me when I was 8 years old, at a time when I had an insatiable appetite for literature of all kinds. From one night to the next I used to long to hear of events that - somehow - had been happening during my daily absence.
"The Hobbit" only added to my impatience. The animated tones of my father's voice as he described Bilbo Baggins's journey into the middle earth, created images of green mist, rugged mountains and dark woods that only a childs mind can see so vividly. Yet I can remember the look on my father's face as he turned every page to rejoin the adventure. And I realised that this book - this fantasy land - had captured my fathers imagination as it had mine.
For years after my father read me "The Hobbit", I longed to recapture the feelings that I first encountered in Bilbo's adventure - to learn more about Gandalf, and conjure up further images of dark, mysterious scenery. But maybe that time was too special. Maybe I'm never mean't to find another book with such magical power ..... because maybe I was lucky to be introduced to one in the first place.
There are a lot of maybe's in life - questions that go along unanswered - as there are in this book...... that's the magic.
In my adult wisdom (!?) I now know that I'll never truly recapture the feelings that I had as a little girl. But - when the time arises - I will strive to provide the same atmosphere in which my children can realise the magic of reading. And "The Hobbit" is the book that made me realise how important the magic is.
So Mr Tolkien, wherever you are, I give you 5 stars.... for the thousands that you have already given me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good fantail. and I just love the store
very good fantail .and I just love the store. I have to get more of them thank you for letting me read it
Published 10 hours ago by wayne goacher
5.0 out of 5 stars How a true story should be.
So glad I read it, after seeing the second part of The Hobbit, I was inspired to read the book. Just finished it in time to see the third and final part! Now I can start LOTR!
Published 12 hours ago by Christina Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Prequel
The inspiration for a recent trilogy of movies (ironic considering that the prequel novel is much shorter than the main Lord of the Rings books that each received one movie... Read more
Published 18 hours ago by J. Michael Gallen
4.0 out of 5 stars The voice enable is also a favorite feature of his
Slow starter. My grandson is reading this book as a primer to the new movies. He said it took awhile to get it going but is now enjoying it. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Grandma Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars I have loved this audiobook for years
I have loved this audiobook for years. Previously, I would borrow it from the library whenever I wanted to listen to it. I am so happy to finally own it for myself!
Published 1 day ago by Tiffany Means
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Goodness!!!
How it all started! Classic storytelling only the way Tolkien can! A MUST READ!
Published 1 day ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome:)
This book never gets boring every chapter just sucks u more and more into the book! U should really check this book out:D
Published 1 day ago by awesome but gross
5.0 out of 5 stars Review Kindle ENHANCED edition
kindle ENHANCED edition is full of full color art work and rendered well to an electronic medium. Audio features too. a successful effort.
Published 1 day ago by in1ear
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit
The beginning of an epic tale. Many creatures, good and evil, learned the lessons of legends. A simple Hobbit with common send and a wondrous Ring helps restore peace.
Published 1 day ago by ItsWindy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy story that won't bore you
A great fantasy story that won't bore you. Don't confuse this story with the Peter Jackson films as this is the original story. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Stuart E. Murray
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