- Series: Parchment Journals
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Running Press Miniature Editions (February 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762409541
- ISBN-13: 978-0762409549
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hobbit's Journal: Being A Blank Book With Some Curious Illustrations Of Friends And Foes Of The Nine Companions (Parchment Journals) Paperback – February 1, 2001
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The book is very well illustrated on the whole. Gandalf, Tom Bombadil, and the hobbits look great. Legolas looks terrible. The idea that this is Sam's journal is really irrelevant - some of the scenes shown are things that Sam never witnessed in the story but may have had described to him by other members of the Fellowship after his adventure was over.
The major criticism I have of this book is that after 3/4ths of the illustrations are printed, the book starts over from the beginning and reproduces the same illustrations from the opening of the book. This was unnecessary. As I've said, Running Press had access to TWO other illustrated books by Green. They should have either combined all the past works or just printed a single volume with no repeats.
The book is, however, a nice addition to any Tolkien collector's library that happens to lack the original titles.
As journals (outside of the LOTR's family) this one is very good -- plentiful space on the pages for writing.
If you're an avid fan and just can't stand an artist's eye that differs from your mind's eye, or that of the movie, you might not like this. If you are a free-spirit, with an open mind for creativity, this offers other fascinating views of key characters and a Hobbit's Life.
Presented in 2 colors with a slim ribbon bookmark sewn in, you truly can't find such a fine gift for such a fair price!
It's very short, as blank books go, and I thought the illustrations were a bit off. Not simply because I envisioned most of the characters differently, but because such characters as Legolas don't resemble humanoids at all. (Elves are supposed to have noses, ya know). Other characters simply don't look right -- I thought Boromir was all wrong, for example, and Bilbo and Gandalf too. The paper is of nice quality, though.
Some of the accompanying illustrations were nice, but others (such as the unicorn) simply looked odd. The title is misleading -- you would expect for this to be the adventures through Sam's eyes, but all it has is a brief blurb about him, and that's it.
I don't really recommend this as either a blank book or a Tolkien fan's possession. It just isn't worth it.
The drawings of Aragorn and Elrond though, seem incorrect.
To clear up misconceptions, the book was published in 1979, 7 years after the passing of JRR Tolkien, and 22 years "before the movie hype began".
It is a pleasant illustrated journal.
And I just love that wonderful , wistful poem at the back of the journal , Lay of the Passing Ages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived with no damage in good shape. Artwork that takes my imagination to new places and journeys created as I turn the pages and look at each image with wonder. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Loyd The treeguy
A perfect Lord of the Rings-themed journal for a Tolkien enthusiast. Beautifully illustrated. Plenty of room for writing without having to worry about covering the illustrations.Published on February 13, 2014 by Paul Ziehe
I am a huge LOTR and The Hobbit fan, I wanted a journal, something different, and this is it. It looks old and is just amazing. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Ashley Nicole Miller
The title tells the story. This is a blank book book with some illustrations. This is a lovely journal. Read morePublished on November 28, 2013 by Kira
I am still waiting 3 months for my item. Just got an e-mail that it is unavailable and I won't be receiving it. Yet, it is still on the website as available. What's up?!Published on February 19, 2011 by bea mussoline
I was not surprised that this was journal, because it said it so right on the listing. It is so beautiful that I don't really want to write in it. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Mish
I think this journal is great. It's small and just the right size. You do have to be carefull with the cover though since it's paperback, but other than that it's perfect! Read morePublished on September 14, 2004 by Ivy Loamsdown
This is a nice little journal with lovely illlustrations, but the quality wasn't that great. I was rather disappointed.Published on June 3, 2004 by E. Pernula
This is a lovely journal with beautiful illustation of the characters in Lord of the Rings.Published on April 28, 2004 by E. Pernula