‘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’
The acclaimed BBC Radio 4 production of J. R. R. Tolkien's famous saga. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father’s death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.