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The Hobbit

by J.R.R. Tolkien

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TOLKIEN, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel]. The Hobbit Or There and Back Again. London: [HarperCollins] George Allen & Unwin [2016]. 8vo, 310pp. + [2]advts. Light green cloth pictorially stamped in navy; top edge green. Differing two-color map endpapers; 10 b&w plates. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket and housed in a color pictorial clamshell case with a lenticular cover label. The clamshell box also contains a 62-page booklet celebrating the 80th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit featuring full-color reproductions of Tolkien's artwork, a fold-out version of Thror's map which reveals the secret moonrunes when held up to light, and a cd of Tolkien himself reading selections from the book.

80th anniversary facsimile edition. This commemorative gift set features the first facsimile reproduction of the original first edition of The Hobbit, featuring the original version of the text which had been altered by Tolkien in 1947 to bring the text into better accord with the events of The Lord of the Rings. Even the dust jacket is a facsimile with the original publication price of "7s. 6d." on the front flap and the publisher's comparison of the book withAlice's Adventures in Wonderland on the rear flap. Given the rarity of first editions of The Hobbit, this handsome anniversary edition allows readers the opportunity to examine the text of The Hobbit in its original form. This beautifully crafted edition comes housed in a clamshell box with a striking lenticular, illustrated cover label of Tolkien's cover art, and includes an exclusive CD of archive recordings capturing Tolkien reading sections of The Hobbit, a special copy of Thror's map which reveals the secret moonrunes when held to the light, and an accompanying 62-page booklet that details the history of the book. A treasure for any Tolkien lover!

Synopsis

The Hobbit tells the famous story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is caught up in the affairs of wizards. His journey through Mirkwood and the climactic confrontation with the dragon Smaug served as the launching point for Tolkien's transformative trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Many of the essential elements of Tolkien's classic saga have their roots in this children's book. The story remains popular, and stands as one of the most enduring (and endearing) stories of the last century. The Hobbit sparked a creative explosion in speculative fiction, a fire that burns brightly to this day. The revival in interest in recent years, in part due to the popularity of the film series inspired by Tolkien's books only shows the timelessness of his story, and the importance of his work.

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Reviews

On Mar 18 2022, a reader said:
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (but nobody really calls it that anyway), a tale written some time ago by some J. R. R. Tolkien fella, is the story of a Hobbit who indeed goes there... and back again. You see, in the going of there, preceding the coming back again to the place he was before he went there, he came across many an interesting thing in the wild lands to the east (As well as the less wild lands to the west of the East, known to some as the West. There was also some northward travel, but we won't get into that in this review, or the next review for that matter, as the next review will likely have nothing to do with this review, making stories of the northward travels of hobbits of no use, but I digress. Back to the list I was about to list.), such as dwarves, trolls, goblins, a neat ring that most likely will serve no real importance in future adventures by Tolkien, wargs, eagles, a bear dude named Beorn, spiders, elves, some other guys, a dragon, a thrush, some ravens, some rocks, I guess, a wizard, various waters, treasure, glorious gemstone, and some other things that I don't care to recall. Anyway, the story is about Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who does some stuff and goes somewhere (an unusual thing for a Hobbit, apparently, despite the number of books and movies and erotic fanfics based on the adventures of various Hobbits). Most importantly though, the book comes fully equip with two maps! TWO! Not one, not three, but TWO! Of course, I was reading the 70th anniversary edition, bought from www.biblio.com (sign up today!), so the number of maps may vary, depending on whether or not you're reading a library edition that has had numerous pages unceremoniously removed by children. Though, this version has the maps on the back of the front cover and front of the back cover (or would that be the back of the back cover?), making it a lot harder for me/children to rip them from the book to store in my/their stolen map collection. I figure this is enough for a review, so I'll stop rambling now. But I must insist the few of you who haven't read this book stop not having read this book and read this book! I read it and I have a (self-proclaimed) mental disorder (that I take lots and lots of sexy sounding medication for, much of which isn't legal or medication at all).
On Apr 1 2013, Fireflower537 said:
This book has one huge major flaw: There are NO female characters. I am guessing all the ladies are in Upper Earth and Lower Earth.

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Details

Bookseller
Books of Wonder US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
1049235
Title
The Hobbit
Author
J.R.R. Tolkien
Illustrator
J.R.R. Tolkien
Format/Binding
Light green cloth pictorially stamped in navy
Book Condition
Used
Quantity Available
1
Edition
80th anniversary facsimile edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
HarperCollins
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
2016
Weight
0.00 lbs
Keywords
Lord of the Rings
Size
8vo

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Books of Wonder is NYC's oldest and largest independent children's bookstore, specializing in both new and old books. Established in 1980, Books of Wonder has a store in the Flatiron/Chelsea area of Manhattan.

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