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An edition of The Hobbit (1937)

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An edition of The Hobbit (1937)

The Annotated Hobbit

Rev. and expanded ed.
  • 4.26 ·
  • 313 Ratings
  • 1622 Want to read
  • 122 Currently reading
  • 420 Have read
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For readers throughout the world, 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 timeless classic. Integrated with Anderson's notes and placed alongside the fully restored and corrected text of the original story are more than 150 illustrations showing visual interpretations of The Hobbit specific to many of the cultures that have come to know and love Tolkien's Middle-earth. Tolkien's original line drawings, maps and color paintings are also included, making this the most lavishly informative edition of The Hobbit available.

The Annotated Hobbit shows how Tolkien worked as a writer, what his influences and interests were, and how these relate to the invented world 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 Hobbit 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.
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Bilbo le Hobbit
2013-08, Le Livre de Poche
Mass Market Paperback in French - Movie Tie-In Edition
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The Hobbit
2013, Mariner Books
Paperback in English - First Mariner Books Edition (1); movie tie-in
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The Hobbit: or, There and Back Again
2012, Mariner Books
Paperback in English - 1st Mariner Books edition (1); 75th Anniversary Edition
Cover of: The Hobbit
The Hobbit
2012, Mariner Books
Paperback in English - 75th Anniversary Edition; First Mariner Books Edition (1)
Cover of: The Hobbit
The Hobbit: or There and Back Again
2008, HarperCollins Publishers
paperback in English - paperback edition (4)
Cover of: Hobbit
Hobbit: albo Tam i z powrotem
2007, Amber
Hardcover in Polish
Cover of: El Hobbit
El Hobbit
2007-11, Minotauro
Hardcover in Spanish - Edicion limitada; Primera edicion en este formato
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魔戒: 前传: 霍比特人
2002-04, Yi lin chu ban she
in Chinese
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The Annotated Hobbit
2002, Houghton Mifflin Company
Hardcover in English - Rev. and expanded ed.
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The Hobbit
1997, Houghton Mifflin Company
Paperback in English - printing (4)
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De Hobbit
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Boston, USA

Edition Notes

Other Titles
Hobbit, or, There and back again
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Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
PR6039.O32 H6 2002


Notes by
Douglas A. Anderson

The Physical Object

xii, 398 p. :
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473113269, 985585758
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Work Description

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar.

Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves, and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of Five Armies are just some of the adventures that befall Bilbo.

Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children’s fiction. Written by Professor Tolkien for his children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when published.

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In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
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