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The Hobbit [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

J. R. R. Tolkien , Alan Lee
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29 Oct 2009

Sumptuous, oversized hardback edition of the classic adventure, fully illustrated with over 60 watercolour and pencil illustrations by award-winning artist, Alan Lee, Conceptual Designer on Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s great classic work, The Hobbit, celebrated its 60th year of publication (1937) with a gorgeous illustrated edition by artist Alan Lee, winner of the Kate Greenaway medal for illustration, and creator of the fabulously successful Centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings.

Containing 22 full colour illustrations depicting key scenes from this all-time classic (scenes such as Gollum and Bilbo, The Wargs, Smaug the Dragon and The Battle of the Five Armies), this beautifully designed volume also includes a wealth of integrated pencil drawings which demonstrate perfectly Alan’s genius at work.

Alan Lee’s work on this book, as well as the illustrated Lord of the Rings, led to him being approached by Peter Jackson to join the film trilogy as Conceptual Artist. The same artistic vision, present in his beautiful paintings and drawings, played a major role in the look of the films, and his work received the ultimate accolade with an Academy Award for Best Art Direction on The Return of the King.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (Reissue) edition (29 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026110330X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261103306
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.6 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,033 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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‘One of the best loved characters in English fiction… a marvellous fantasy adventure’
Daily Mail

‘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 Observer

‘A flawless masterpiece’
The Times

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The most successful of all Tolkien titles, The Hobbit has been translated into over 30 languages, with estimated sales of nearly 100 million copies. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
JRR Tolkien's `The Hobbit' is, of course, one of the greatest children's books to have been written in the twentieth century. Based on the stories he told to his children and originally published in 1937, it is an almost perfect blend of fantasy, magic and adventure. It follows the adventures of one Bilbo Baggins, as he sets off with thirteen dwarves and a wizard to recover a great treasure stolen from the dwarves by Smaug the dragon. Along the way they get into various scrapes with goblins, trolls, elves, shape shifters and, of course, a dragon. Through a mix of extreme good luck and his own resourcefulness Bilbo comes through all these adventures, only to find things are not as he left them at home.

It's a great story and works on many levels. For the younger reader there is the straight adventure story, which many will find thrilling. For the older reader there is the subtle growth in Bilbo's character, as he changes over the story from a passenger on the expedition to a main player and the person people look to for help. There is a study of human nature, and the effects of greed upon people. In some respects it is a morality play. But for all that, at heart, it is a great entertainment. There is a reason it is still so affectionately regarded by readers world wide of all ages. 5 stars.
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168 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated 5 Jan 2002
I decided to invest in this classic but I wasn't sure which edition to buy; the boxed set or the one book. I love hardback books, especially slightly oversized and I'm glad I decided to buy this one. The dust cover advertises the beautiful illustrations inside. It also has embossed gold foil writing and at the top and bottom the foil backed Runes. The bottle green hardback is gold embossed on the spine, and depicts in gold the Smaug (dragon) on the front. Inside you will find at the front Thror's map and at the back a map of Wilderland, to guide you through the journey of the heroes, whilst reading the book.
The pages are generously sized, clear and beautifully illustrated with Alan Lee's drawings in pencil and full colour throughout (I wish it had the old tissue paper covering the illustrations of bygone days!). There is also a Lord of the Rings edition in the same format. It is beneficial to read the Hobbit before the Lord of the Rings.
The Hobbit describes the adventures of a friendly, roughly 3 foot 6 hobbit called Bilbo. He is volunteered into an adventure beyond the scope of most hobbit's lives by a kindly old family friend, Gandalf the wizard. His journey is also initiated and accompanied by fourteen dwarves. Bilbo's contract is to steal the treasure back for the dwarves, stolen and held by Smaug the Magnificent. Smaug is a large and very perilous dragon. Bilbo even surprises himself by becoming a hero, despite his slight size. This is an enchanting book; Tolkien has a rare gift in creating books which capture the imagination of any age. It is beautifully written, comical, imagination stretching but with the skillfulness of convincing the reader that the story is factual and passing over a great empathy, tugging at the reader's heartstrings over the adventure's endearing characters. A must read book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excelent| 21 Oct 2012
By Teresa
this peroduct is exactly how it is shown! wonderful edition with cardboard case and beautiful art. great for all tolkien's fans and excelent collecting book! excelent buy!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very big adventure 17 Nov 2005
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The respectable Mr Bilbo Baggins, was extremely content and comfortable in his cosy little hobbit hole. He really didn't want an adventure so the wizard, Gandalf, had to trick him into joining the party of dwarves and helping them to recover their kingdom and their treasure from the dragon, Smaug. It was a dark and dangerous quest that took them through the realms of elves, orcs, eagles, a skin-changer, giant spiders and men, via mountains, caves and forests. Bilbo lost his buttons and his handkerchiefs but he found an amazing ring, made some wonderful life-long friends and learned what sort of person he was - not timid after all, but brave, hardy and resourceful when in a tight spot.
It's been one of my favourite stories since I first heard it, many years ago. It was read to our class in about 1961. Since then I've read it several times, listened to the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of it, listened to Martin Shaw's excellent abridged reading and now I've listened to this unabridged reading by Rob Inglis. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's true that this version does seem to have been read with the younger listener in mind, but I didn't find the character voices excessively exaggerated. It's a matter of personal taste, where you draw the line, of course. I will certainly listen to both the Rob Inglis (for the full story, beautifully told) and Martin Shaw (for a more adult orientated reading) audiobooks again and again. The BBC dramatisation (this is where I draw the line) is aimed squarely at the youngest audience however, and I would not want to listen to that production again. I've also listened to Rob Inglis reading the unabridged audiobook of Lord of the Rings, where he employs a more serious tone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of story-telling! 28 Jan 2001
What do dwarves and elves, wizards, magic rings, glowing swords, bear-men, giant eagles, vicious wolves, evil goblins, a fearsome dragon and a gigantic battle have in common? They are just some of the joys that are contained in the late professor J. R. R. Tolkien's ' The Hobbit'. Originally written for Tolkien's children, the book tells the story of Bilbo Baggins (the Hobbit of the title) and his adventures with Thorin Oakenshield and his band of dwarves in their quest to regain their gold from the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. With them travels the mysterious but friendly wizard, Gandalf, who becomes a close friend of Bilbo's. This has been a firm favourite of mine since I first read it at the age of 10. From the opening words, "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit", to the closing pages depicting the change in Bilbo due to his adventures, this book is pure joy. Although obviously written with a younger readership in mind, this in no way detracts from the enjoyment that one receives from this classic. As 'The Times' put it, this book is 'one of the most influential books of our generation'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit By JRR TOILKIEN
The best book I've read in years. It's about a hobbyist called Mr Bilbo Baggins, who goes on an adventure to steal his treasure back from Smaug (the Dragon). Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect size to carry about
Lovely little book. Perfect size to carry about. The look and size gives of the idea it belongs to a hobbit and reminds you of Tolkien world. Read more
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I had this book before on paper but it was like fifty years old by then so I couldn't make out much of it. Read more
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Excellent story well worth a read. a very good prelude to lord of the rings. I would highly recommend reading this
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read!
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Published 6 days ago by Little Miss
5.0 out of 5 stars My Hobbit review
I think Tolkien`s fantasy novel is truly amazing, I love all his unique and different characters. I gave it a five star rating because it really gets all the olden times language... Read more
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Already read the Hobbit from ordinary printed book before buying the kindle copy. Nowhere near the Lord of the Rings Trilogy for depth or content of course, but a little intro into... Read more
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