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Hobbits Journal: Being a Blank Book With Some Curious Illustrations of Friends and Foes of the Nine Companions [Hardcover]

Michael Green , J. R. R. Tolkien
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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May 1980
Printed on deluxe recycled parchment paper, this journal celebrating J. R. R. Tolkien's classic tales makes a lovely gift, and is just as nice to keep! With magical two-color illustrations throughout (drawings made by Frodo Baggins's devoted companion, Sam Gamgee, on their travels throughout Middle-earth), it provides ample space for recording personal thoughts, reflections on Tolkien's masterpiece, or fantasies of your own creation. Also available in hardcover
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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Running Pr (May 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894710893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894710896
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 7 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Unfortunately no description accompanied this book when I ordered it, so it was a bit of a gamble. I expected some prose based on Tolkiens tales but I was dissappointed when I found it to be an empty notebook / journal with a Tolkien theme. It looks nice and fans / collectors might enjoy it, just don't expect anything better then what you write in it yourself ;-)
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3 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book by an excellent author 28 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
When I first got this book I thought it looked a bit boring.. until I started reading it. The images the author displays are outstandingly realistic and the way it is written just wants to make you read on. When I first started reading I wasn't a Tolkien fan but after reading this.. I think it is the best you can get. A definite must for Tolkien fans or just anyone who likes to read NoSoX
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Blank Illustrated Journal 18 July 2001
By Vincent Celaya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have this book and it is a blank journal for YOU to write in. Most every page is illustrated with creatures/characters conceived from Tolkien's works. These other reviewers who are saying that this book was a great read have no idea what they are talking about and have obviously never even seen this book.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a book but a beautiful BLANK journal 17 Aug 2001
By SC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The title should perhaps make it more clear that this is not a book written by Tolkien; in fact it is not written by anyone because it is a blank journal book. However, I was immediately attracted to its beauty as a journal. The parchment is old-fashioned and of excellent quality; the sketches that occupy every other page or so are beautiful and depict the characters and event in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit wonderfully. It would make an excellent gift to any Tolkien fan, child, or to yourself!
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A HOBBIT PARCHMENT JOURNAL 17 April 2001
By William Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I couldn't tell this from the catalog but this is a Blank Book to be used as a journal. There are sketches of Tolkien characters and scenes on each page and a short poem on the back cover. I don't believe it actually is by JRR Tolkien.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise, surprise! 13 Dec 2001
By Book Wyrm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having skimmed the reviews, I was looking forward to a fun little book filled with Sam's point of view. I had been under the impression that this was a collection of notes by Tolkien (and perhaps others - he is listed as the editor after all) about Sam and about other characters as perceived by Sam. Imagine my surprise when I opened it to find a (nearly) blank journal - especially when the viewable sample pages held such enticing text. After a second look, however, I was won over by the quality of the drawings and the beauty of presentation. Don't be mislead by reviewers who tout this as a great read - but do consider it for its own merits!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Version of an Old Favorite 31 Aug 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In the late 1970's Michael Green came out with three books from Running Press titled "A Walk Through the Shire, "A Hobbit's Journal," and "A Hobbit's Travels." When I saw this 2002 book titled "A Hobbit's Journal" that featured 4 illustrations on the cover I had my hopes up that Running Press was re-issuing the 3 volumes with new material in a hardback version. Alas, it is not so. This book is the same blank journal as its predecessor from the 70's. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you. It is actually very nice to have a hardbound version of the original.
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.
~Lotho Sackville-Baggins~
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