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The Hobbit Paperback – September 18, 2012
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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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For those who care about such things, the printing is based on the 2004 corrected text, with even further corrections. There are updated introductions/forwards by Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, authors of the authoritative "LOTR Readers Companion," as well as by Douglas A. Anderson, who provides a detailed publication history of the Lord of the Rings. The full appendices are included.
Two-page red and black maps of Middle Earth and of Gondor/Rohan/Mordor adorn the front and back covers, with a map of the Shire before the first chapter. Also present are other essentials such as the Doors of Moria and the Tomb of Balin. The only drawback is that the facsimile pages of the Book of Mazarbul was not included, which I found to be surprising and a bit disappointing Also, the ring inscription and the Gandalf "rune" are printed in black rather than silver and red. Probably the main issue is the clear plastic slipcover, which is barely bigger than the book itself, and it is difficult to slip the book back inside it after taking it out. You are more likely to scuff the corners of the book. That being said, these are far from dealbreakers, and the joy to be received from owning this edition far outweighs these issues.
The recording is modern and well-mixed, with a wet sound that was intentional on the part of the producers. The two channel presentation on the CDs is very well done, but the included DVD has the entire score in 4 different mixes. The DVD Video mixes are lossy Dolby Digital, in stereo and 5.1 surround, and are perfectly adequate. Any DVD player can use them, though scanning within tracks isn't possible with this playback method. But the DVD Audio side is far beyond adequate. You'll need a DVD player that specifically decodes DVD Audio discs, but you'll have access to two lossless mixes: stereo and 5.1 surround, each encoded at 48k and 24 bits. The stereo mix is essentially the same as the CD mix, though with the benefit of having the entire score on one disc. The 5.1 surround mix though is exquisite, clearly putting the orchestra and soloists up front and the wet natural reverb in the surrounds. You are *there*.
Maybe some day this set will come back into print, even if at a higher price than the original offering, or as a lossless digital download. What an incredible gift this set is, not just because of the quality of the music, but the quality of the presentation. This is an experience every soundtrack fan should have, at least once.
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