The History of the Hobbit

The History of the Hobbit

by John D. Rateliff, J. R. R. Tolkien

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ISBN-13: 9780618964406
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/21/2007
Edition description: Hardcover Box Set
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 3.80(d)

About the Author


John D. Rateliff is a writer, editor, and independent scholar. For many years, he worked with the Tolkien manuscripts at Marquette University and has written extensively on Tolkien and the Inklings. He lives in Seattle with his family.

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The History of the Hobbit 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RantingThespian More than 1 year ago
Basically, if you enjoyed the Histories of Middle-Earth volumes 1-12 you will embrace this with loving arms! It really delves into what Tolkien was thinking about and ideas that would come to help create the epic Lord of the Rings. It will make you ponder about what would have happened if he chose to name one character this name (Gandalf was originally a Dwarve's name) or if he chose to have the troupe run into the possible Mewlips (from the Verses of the Red Book of Westmarch). It is just engrossing in everything from lines in the text to lines on the early maps. Also included is an anniversary version of the Hobbit, with the exact print type, paintings, and drawings that Tolkien had drawn, painted, and conceived for the original version of the Hobbit to be. It has been edited for the updated riddles of Gollum and Bilbo, but the original version is included in the "Histories" volumes. This box set is wonderfully put together with gold imprinted covers for all 3 books. The 2 "Histories" books have early drafts of Tolkien's covers, as well as the completeTolkien cover for the Hobbit book drawn and painted exactly how Tolkien had drawn and painted for the original cover to look. They are all housed in a tough box with more of the early artwork Tolkien had drawn. If you are a casual reader who likes structured narratives, you will want to avoid these books. If you are a fanatic (like me) who wants to dive in, and see from page to page how the beginning of one of the greatest adventures was created, then this is the "Arkenstone" for you!
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