‘The Hobbit belongs to a very small class of books which have nothing in common save that each admits us to a world of its own. Its place is with Alice and The Wind in the Willows.’
Times Literary Supplement
‘One of the best loved characters in English fiction… a marvellous fantasy adventure’
‘Finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls… an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, working up to a devastating climax’
Finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, working up to a devastating climax
The acclaimed BBC Radio 4 production of J. R. R. Tolkien's famous saga.
Exclusive to this Enhanced version of the eBook are recently discovered audio recordings by J.R.R. Tolkien, and high-resolution colour images of all of Tolkien’s illustrations for the book, many of which are also included in their earlier black-and-white versions and can be revealed by a simple swipe of the screen.
A Foreword by Christopher Tolkien, complete with illustrations including manuscript pages and unused drawings, examines the writing of the book. This Enhanced eBook also includes recently discovered audio recordings of J.R.R. Tolkien reading excerpts from The Hobbit, including the dwarves’ party song, the account of their capture by the three trolls, and Bilbo Baggins’s creepy encounter with the hideous Gollum.
Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home. Then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services—as a burglar—on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo's life is never to be the same again.
The Hobbit was an instant success when it was first published in 1937, and 75 years later Tolkien's epic tale of hobbits, elves, dwarves, goblins, magic and adventure has lost none of its appeal.
A t-shirt of an original illustration by J.J.R. Tolkien taken from "The Hobbit".
Bilbo Baggins discovers his strength and determination when he and his fellow Hobbits are sent on a treasure hunting journey through the Middle Earth by the wizard of Gandalf.
From the Publisher
The most successful of all Tolkien titles, The Hobbit has been translated into over 30 languages, with estimated sales of nearly 100 million copies.
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'
About the Author
J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
Jemima Catlin (born in 1986) grew up in Dorset and developed a passion for drawing at an early age. She graduated from the Arts University College at Bournemouth with a Foundation Degree in Visual Communication and then went on to complete a BA Honours Degree in Illustration in 2010.
After leaving university she became a freelance illustrator, working on some personal projects and undertaking several commissions before embarking on the exciting journey of illustrating The Hobbit.