The Hobbit: 75th Anniversary Edition

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This deluxe hardcover edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy contains a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien’s own drawings and full-color illustrations, including the rare “Mirkwood” piece.

J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition: "If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and...

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Overview

This deluxe hardcover edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy contains a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien’s own drawings and full-color illustrations, including the rare “Mirkwood” piece.

J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition: "If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did)—if you do not already know all about these things—much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period. For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618968633
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/21/2007
  • Series: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 70
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 14,454
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit , The Lord of the Rings , and The Silmarillion . His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion , Unfinished Tales , and The History of Middle-earth .

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit , The Lord of the Rings , and The Silmarillion . His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Biography

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.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shine in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called "The Book of Lost Tales" but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins (UK).

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 3, 1892
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
    1. Date of Death:
      September 2, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

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    Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit that is comfortable in his home, and i

    Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit that is comfortable in his home, and in his chair drinking tea. The wizard Gandalf thinks Bilbo needs more excitement in his life.   Although Bilbo disagrees with Gandalf he ends up in the front lines in many of adventures.




    There are subtle hints that a darker time is coming for Middle Earth.  Many little things fall into place that would later tell the Lord of the Rings stories. This is the first appearance of Gollum.  The scene with Bilbo and Gollum always stood out the most, that and Gandalf.




    There really was nothing I disliked.  To come up with something I would have to compare to the new movie but I am not going to get into that.  But just so you know the book is better and the movie is excellent but different in some places.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Great read!

    Wonderful read. This edition is great because it is the 75th anniversary of the 1937 original. Alittle scary for younger
    readers though. Wonderful dust jacket cover with day on one side,
    darkness on the other showing the evil dragon.

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

    What nitwit hasn't read The Hobbit? I would argue that no book,

    What nitwit hasn't read The Hobbit?

    I would argue that no book, novel, novella or Sunday cartoon has ever been written by man or beast that does not derive directly from J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” Except my own works, of course, like “The Spoils of Babylon” which is entirely original, distinctive, soul-crushing, tent-raising and writ in good ‘ole American English to boot. My works aside, I challenge the readers of this website to find a single novel of any literary value that does not contain Tolkien’s literary revelations such as opening with a relatable character, embarking on a journey, monsters (symbolic?), mountains, meals, love of inanimate objects, conflict, more characters, flashbacks and, most importantly, barrels. 

    “The Catcher in Rye?” A direct rip-off. “1984?” A copy, made carbon. Try reading “Jane Eyre” after a stint in Middle Earth. You’ll feel like you never left. “The Grapes of Wrath.” “Sweet Valley High.” “Oedipus Rex.” “Winnie the Pooh.” “Deliverance.” The list stretches longer than that chubby Hobbit road to The Lonely Mountain. Where in hellfire has all mankind’s creativity gone? 

    However, when I learned that Tolkien had devised an entirely unique alphabet for his Elvish hermaphrodite creations, I felt compelled to create my lexicon for an unbelievable, yet entirely believable alien race. What sprung forth in a moment of scotch-induced brilliance was a series of glyphs and scribbles that would later be used in the blockbuster film, Stargate. It is a combination of wingdings and consonants that remains one of the most maddeningly indecipherable codes to date. 

    So here’s a hearty pour of Bagpipes O’Toole for the dearly departed and his Hobbit, the veritable blueprint of dramatic archetype, the foundation for narrative masterpiecery, not including any of my own great works which could never be pigeonholed by a linear plot or even anything remotely replicatable, due to their deep catharsis and sheer, disgusting ingenuity.

    With undbound appreciation and wonder,

    Eric Jonrosh, author, director, team leader of “The Spoils of Babylon,” airing on IFC, January the 9th, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Beautiful book

    Bought this for my 9 year old daughter for Christmas and even if she doesn't like the story (highly unlikely) it's a beautiful book. If she doesn't like it, I'll keep it for myself!

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    another book arrives with torn cover

    i was going to give this as a gift, arrived with torn cover, this is why i hate buying books from BN on-line.
    BN could care less....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Very nice edition

    Quality binding; a nice hardcover edition of a classic. Includes artwork by the author, which adds an interesting touch to how he viewed the world of this story. Suitable for grades 5 and up. A great introduction to the Lord of the Rings series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    I have no complaints with the story itself. My complaint is for

    I have no complaints with the story itself. My complaint is for Barnes and Noble. I ordered a copy of this book back in October. Upon opening the package the book appeared to be in pristine condition, however, as I am reading it now, I have stumbled upon something that bothers me very much. Parts of pages are missing, ripped away. This shouldn't happen when I am buying a BRAND NEW copy directly from Barnes and Noble.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    Beautiful edition of the Hobbit!

    I received this edition of the Hobbit as a Christmas present, and it is a beautiful! The illustrations are so -- "hobbit like" -- and the font and pages just give the book a feel that I'm reading something very special. Love the dust cover and just love the book. I've had a paperback version for years, but it's especially nice to get a hardcover copy that will keep for decades and decades. I love it!

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Wow!

    This is one of my favorate books of all time! It brings me to a place I can only dream of going, lots of myth and mystery behind the tale, and it sets the reader up for the rest of the lord of the rings set.

    In the book set I have it was the first of 4, and wow, it brought me into the rest of the set, and of the 4 is my favorite tale.

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