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The Hobbit (Graphic Novel): An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic Paperback – 1 May 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345445600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345445605
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"First published in the United States more than sixty years ago, J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit" has become one of the best-loved books of all time. Tolkien's fantasy was then adapted into a fully painted graphic novel, which became a classic in its own right...
The enchanted prelude to The Lord of the Rings, "The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a quiet and contented hobbit whose life is turned upside down when he joins the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim stolen treasure. It is a journey fraught with danger--and in the end it is bilbo Baggins alone who must face the guardian of this treasure, the most dreaded dragon in all Middle-earth.

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irst published over 50 years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' has become one of the best-loved books of all time. Now Tolkien's fantasy classic has been adapted into a fully painted graphic novel.

'The Hobbit' is the story of Bilbo Baggins…a quiet and contented hobbit whose life is turned upside down when he joins the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim the dwarves' stolen treasure. It is a journey fraught with danger – and in the end it is Bilbo alone who must face the guardian of this treasure, the most-dreaded dragon Smaug.

Illustrated in full colour throughout, and accompanied by the carefully abridged text of the original novel, this handsome authorised edition will introduce new generations to a magical masterpiece – and be treasured by Hobbit fans of all ages, everywhere.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
Excellent reworking of the original book. Fantastic illustration and panelling. The accompanying speech panels throughout remain true to the original text and nice to see a new take on Tolkien's existing work.
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a fabulous adaptation of the wonderful tale the Hobbit.

I am actually in the minority of people that prefer the Hobbit to follow up The Lord of The Rings.

Simply put The Hobbit is a children's story but it is a much more rounder and and a much more satisfying, simpler story with none of the 'story within stories' of the LOTR and of course none of the dull bits of the Rings.
I know this will alienate a lot of LOTRs fans but that's my view.

This is an excellent abridged version of the story and the illustrations are first class.
It can be re read and enjoyed by any fan of the written Hobbit.

First and foremost Bilbo looks like a hobbit.
If you read Tolkein's description he really is spot on.
And as with the depiction of Hobbits, so the Dwarfs, Trolls and the like are true to Tolkein's descrription from the book the Hobbit and not the Film version of Lord of the Rings,
To this reviewer's eyes they are excellent.
I also suspect that if the trolls, orcs and their like were depicted as from the film this would scare lots of children who can read and enjoy this wonderful tale.
Nothing important is left from the tale and it moves along a a cracking pace.

Jewel bright drawings are accompanied by excellent foonotes that read like a good narrator to convey the meaning and nuances really well.
It can re read and loved by any child or adult.

The reading age is around an 11 year old so can be readily enjoyed from the reading angle by a bright 8 year old. Of course it may be enjoyed by any child that loves graphic or comic novels.
There is nothing here that will cause nightmares. So if you are a concerned parent you can rest assured.
(but maybe a quick flick through just to make doubly sure perhaps?)

All in all?

A really wonderful adaptation of the Hobbit.
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I bought this for my 7 yr old grandson, who had expressed interest in The Lord of the Rings. Initially I bought him the ordinary illustrated paperback, but he was a bit daunted by it.

My daughter in law informed me that the morning it arrived, he started reading before breakfast, was dragged away from it to go to school, and finished it on return.

My hope is that he now progresses to the other version I bought him - but at least he has an idea of Tolkien, and was gripped by the story.
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This book is one of the best illustrated and best written graphic novels I have read. It is a fabulous read, hard to put down once you start reading.
It is a great re-write of the original Hobbit book. Brilliant!
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I bought this book for my younger brother, aged 11, to introduce him to the earlier work of Tolkien. On first impressions he thought the book was oversized but was won over by the excellent artistic imagination of the illustrator. It brought the whole novel to life. He managed to pick it up and read through it at such pace, which proved his enjoyment in reading it all. The book is an abridged version but from what I know, it seems to have stayed true to the original novel. Now he's finished, I think it's my turn to enjoy The Hobbit all over again......
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I bought this to share with my 6 year old daughter. I am a great fan of Tolkien and have read everything in the middle earth sagas a great many times. The graphic novel captured all the essential elements of the story and illustrated the scenes beautifully with just enough menace in the illustrations to give a good sense of tension without terrifying 'little folk'. The book size is great for spreading over your lap and sharing. I have now read through the entire book myself and really enjoyed it, Im part way through with the children and enjoying that experience even more! It is a great introduction to the Hobbits,Dwarves and Elven folk of middle earth.
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Bought for my 5 year old step son as my partner loved reading the hobbit when he was younger and thought it would be nice for them to share.

Well he absolutely loved it, bedtime it was all he wanted to read, although the words are still very advanced the comic book format was really great for his understanding. And my step son enjoyed it as well ;)

Fast delivery and a book we will read over and over as he gets older. Great seller.
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This was more detailed than expected, and true to the text-only story. As to the childrens' reception - the younger boy pinched and hid it - so his father bought the text-only version for the older boy... ;-)
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