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The Hobbit Paperback – September 18, 2012
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Six Different Editions
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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.
I'll keep it brief, this is not a review of the actual story but of this specific edition. I have attached many pictures that I hope help you decide if this is an edition you want to buy.
- The font is big and easy to read.
- 65 beautiful illustrations by Alan Lee that bring the story to life.
- Slipcover is an opaque plastic, whit a modern look that I think doesn't complement the book.
- One or two blank pages before and/or after each illustration.
Overall I think this is a great edition and it's worth buying.
Frodo lives peacefully in the Shire until Gandalf the Gray comes bearing knowledge of the ring's true identity. He says that the ring once belonged to the Dark Lord Sauron himself, and that it must be thrown into the volcano in which it was forged to destroy it. Frodo reluctantly agrees to take the Ring to the land of the elves so that a wise council may decide on a course of action. He leaves with 3 other hobbits, Sam, Merry and Pippin. On their way they meet up with a friend of Gandalf, a ranger by the name of Aragorn. Together they trek to Rivendell. When they arrive the council decides that Frodo is actually the best candidate for this dangerous venture, and sends him on his way with 8 others, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Aragorn, Gandalf, an elf named Legolas, a dwarf named Gimli, and a man named Boromir.
They decide to travel to Mordor by taking a pass in the Misty Mountains, but end up needing to go through the goblin infested Mines of Moria. In these winding tunnels they encounter an ancient demon, The Balrog, and Gandalf perishes fighting him off. The eight remaining members continue on their journey by river and eventually see Gollum, a deformed creature that had owned the ring before Bilbo. He had been searching for it for many years, and was following the Fellowship. During their travels, Boromir had been acting continually stranger, and eventually reveals his plan to take the Ring from Frodo and use it to protect his kingdom. Frodo realizes that the Ring is corrupting all of his friends and decides to sneak away from the Fellowship and make the trek alone. He does not elude Sam, and the story ends with the two of them heading for Mordor.
I personally enjoyed this book greatly, but I found it a little hard to follow. The writing style deviates from what one would normally expect out of a novel and thus I found myself rereading sections of this book to understand it properly. This being said, the way of writing really adds depth to the characters and the environment and makes the story feel as if it was being told rather than read.
The entire story speaks of bravery through tragedy. I could feel the tension of being chased and nearly found by the Ringwraiths, and relief when our brave Hobbits arrived in Rivendell. The entire story is easy to sympathize with, and balances the good and bad moments excellently.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book and series to anyone interested in fantasy. Its few shortcomings are actually give it a unique feel and made it a very memorable novel.