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.