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The Hobbit Mass Market Paperback – July 12, 1986
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Six Different Editions
Pick the version of the Hobbit that best suits your needs.
The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again
A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings, with an iconic cover inspired by Tolkien’s designs.
The Hobbit: Deluxe Pocket Edition
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!
Hobbit Illustrated Edition
A beautiful gift edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's enchanting tale, fully illustrated by Jemima Catlin.
Hobbit 75th Anniversary Edition
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.
Hobbit Young Reader’s Edition
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).
Hobbit Collector’s Edition
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had no expectations. You get what you pay for. I was thrilled with the condition the books were in. Thank you.Published 5 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I just read-read this book as an adult after enjoying the series as a teenager. I encouraged my daughter to read it at the same time and look forward to discussing it!Published 7 hours ago by P. Thompson
I liked the movies and decided to read the book, the book is way better than the movie. I loved the adventure and the forgiveness and friendship this book had spoken of. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Stephen Wilson
One of the best-written stories of all time. Tolkien knew how to write, how to spin a fable, and how to address the problems people's motivations and fears. Read morePublished 1 day ago by The Iron Marshall
I read this book 44'years ago just out of high school. I enjoyed it just as much today as then, even without the marijuana. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Andrew R Garrison
It's an incredibly detailed world. Also, it's a page turner. You want to find out what happens next in their adventure and read another chapter with ease. Read morePublished 2 days ago by John P. Blanchette
This book is a classic. Thank you Tolkien for sharing your wonderful gift to us.Published 2 days ago by Dave