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The Annotated Hobbit [Hardcover]

J. R. R. Tolkien , Douglas Anderson


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23 Mar 1989
This edition of Tolkien's classic tale, "The Hobbit", contains a series of explanatory notes which introduce the reader to the richly imaginative world of Middle-earth. Many of Tolkien's original illustrations are included in the text, along with illustrations from many foreign editions.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (23 Mar 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0044403372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0044403371
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 22.4 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,262,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

For readers around the globe, 'The Hobbit' serves as an introduction to the enchanting world of Middle-earth, home of elves, wizards, dwarves, goblins, dragons, orcs, and a host of other creatures depicted in 'The Lord of The Rings' and 'The Silmarillion' – tales that sprang from the mind of the most beloved author of all time, J.R.R. Tolkien.

Newly expanded and completely redesigned, Douglas A. Anderson's 'The Annotated Hobbit' is the definitive explication of the sources, characters, places and things of J.R.R. Tolkien's famous classic. Integrated with Anderson's notes and placed alongside the fully restored and corrected text are more than 150 illustrations showing visual interpretations of 'The Hobbit' specific to many of the cultures that have come to know and love Middle-earth. Tolkien's original line drawings, maps and colour paintings are also included, making this the most lavishly informative edition of 'The Hobbit' available.

'The Annotated Hobbit' shows how J.R.R. Tolkien worked as a writer, what his influences and interests were, and how these relate to the details of Middle-earth. It gives a valuable overview of Tolkien's life and the publishing history of 'The Hobbit', and explains how every feature of the story fits within the rest of Tolkien's invented world. Here we learn how Gollum's character was revised to accommodate the true nature of the One Ring, and we can read the full text of 'The Quest of Erebor', Gandalf's explanation of how he came to send Bilbo Baggins on his journey with the dwarves. Anderson also makes meaningful and often surprising connections to our own world and literary history – from 'Beowulf' to 'The Marvellous Land of Snergs', from the Brothers Grimm to C.S. Lewis.

'Not only fascinating, but useful. It makes of 'The Hobbit' a kind of Tolkien handbook.'
'Washington Post Book World'

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Douglas Anderson is one of the foremost scholars of Tolkien’s work, and was involved in the resetting of The Lord of the Rings for the centenary edition illustrated by Alan Lee.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Annotated Hobbit: The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again 24 Dec 2013
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An excellent book. I learned to love to read with this book. It can get scary so I wouldn't recommend it for children who have a tendency toward nightmares. Probably not under 10 or so.
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