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The Hobbit Paperback – 1991

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First published in 1990, david wenzel's comic book adaptation of j.r.r. Tolkien's the hobbit was an immediate success and has become one of the best-loved graphic novels of the last 20 years. The hobbit is the story of bilbo baggins, a quiet and contented hobbit whose life is turned upside down when he joins the wizard gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim their stolen treasure. It is a journey fraught with danger and in the end it is bilbo alone who must face the guardian of this treasure, the most-dreaded dragon, smaug. Illustrated and hand painted in full colour throughout, and accompanied by the carefully abridged text of the original novel, this handsome authorised edition will introduce new generations to a magical masterpiece - and be treasured by hobbit fans of all ages, everywhere. This new edition has been completely re-scanned from the original paintings to achieve more accurate and vibrant colours, with david wenzel revisiting the work to provide sensitive improvements and additions to the original edition. The book includes a magnificent and completely new cover design by wenzel himself.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins; First Thus edition (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007611625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261102668
  • ASIN: 0261102664
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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125 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Tim on March 20, 2007
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This is a fun adaptation of Tolkien's classic work and I enjoy it as such, but it is *not* as described here by Amazon. First, buyers need to know that this is a graphic novel and an abridgment of Tolkien's work. Second, it is *not* illustrated by Alan Lee as stated in Amazon's description, the illustrations were done by David Wenzel. This is a glaring mistake that Amazon needs to correct quickly. There are plenty of Alan Lee fans out there, especially after the LOTR movies were made with his assistance, and those fans may be disappointed to find the work of a different illustrator show up in their mailbox. Amazon also gives the wrong ISBN-10 number, though I doubt many will notice or care.

Having said all this, I have enjoyed this adaptation of Tolkien's work. I bought it primarily for my 5 year old daughter who is a bit too young for the unabridged and non-illustrated novel but is still very interested in the story. She loves for me to read it to her and she gets a fuller and more accurate depiction of the story than the 1977 cartoon video provides.

I recommend this work, but Amazon needs a fuller, more honest description of what buyers will be receiving.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2012
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There are several sellers listed as having this book, but they will ship you the mass market paperback instead. When I tried to call amazon customer service, they were vastly unhelpful for a change. Best bet is to contact the seller BEFORE purchasing to ensure you will receive the GRAPHIC NOVEL instead of the MASS MARKET PAPERBACK.

I own a copy of this graphic novel and my 6 year old ADORES this book. This is a wonderful way to get a young person interested in The Hobbit. Yes, it is abridged, but the core story line is intact and the illustrations are wonderful.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Rinehart VINE VOICE on March 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Like most everyone else who has reviewed The Hobbit, I've owned several copies over the years. From a tiny, dog eared paperback that I got free from a RIF event (Reading is Fundamental - they give books to school children) to this graphic novelization. Which is why it is so hard for me to write something bad about this book.

I flipping love The Hobbit.

But this version is dreadful.

First off, it has been abridged. Who in their right mind would cut out parts of the Hobbit?

Second off the writing is so teeny weeny and with the pictures running right into the center binding, I had to break the spine to get at the dialogue to read it. Tres annoying.

Third, this is sorta a recap of number one, but with the parts left out and then the pictures teeming with activities and characters, well, sometimes it was just plain hard to know what was going on.

Anyway, I think instead of this book, I'd rather buy the hardback version of The Hobbit which has pictures at the beginning of each chapter.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matt Greer on May 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately Amazon has mashed together all the Hobbit reviews. But the comic/graphic novel version is different enough to warrant it's own review pool.
I bought this expecting to love reliving the Hobbit in a visual format. But that didn't happen. This adaption is just flat and missing so much of the magic Tolkien created. I suppose that's a given when you replace so much of his expertly crafted words with pictures.
If nothing else, read the standard version of the Hobbit first before trying this. Reading this first will just spoil what a great book the Hobbit is.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
"The Hobbit" is a great classic fantasy. Charles Dixon and Sean Deming risked the wrath of J.R.R. Tolkien fans by adapting the epic novel to a graphic version, illustrated by David Wenzel. I have read "The Hobbit" many times and I worried that the adaptation would leave out too much of the original. The adaptation does leave out some things. However, I was impressed that Dixon and Deming captured the essence of "The Hobbit."

"The Hobbit" is the tale of one Bilbo Baggins of Hobbiton. Gandalf the wizard enlists Bilbo to go on a journey to Lonely Mountain. Gandalf the wizard lists Bilbo's profession as burglar, which seems humorous until a reader realizes the full scope of Bilbo's role.

The journey to Lonely Mountain is fraught with adventure and danger, and some members of the party encounter great peril. Indeed, not everyone in the party who began the adventure was able to see the end of the adventure.

"The Hobbit" is a subtle story in some ways in that Tolkien wrote the novel without explaining much about the world of "The Hobbit." We learn much about Bilbo's world through interaction with the world, which is more typical of contemporary novels than fantasy novels, and is part of the reason "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" are such great stories. However, Tolkien spent incredible effort in creating the history and mythology of both novels and drew on his created history and mythology to provide great depth to both novels (note that I am treating "The Lord of the Rings" as a single novel rather than a trilogy). The graphic novel does a nice job of adapting Tolkien's approach to "The Hobbit."

We have an animated version of "The Hobbit" and a live action version of "The Lord of the Rings" for comparison to this novel.
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