Hobbit hardcover 70th anniversary edition

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hobbit hardcover 70th anniversary edition

The Hobbit, Mr Baggins and the Return to Bag-End: Boxed Set by J.R.R. Tolkien

John D. Rateliffís The History of the Hobbit is a handsome three-volume slip-cased set of hard covers. The first two volumes are the actual History of the Hobbit, in the form of Part One: Mr Baggins, and Part Two: Return to Bag-End. The third volume in the set is Tolkienís published version of The Hobbit, with a new-to-American publishing 2007 preface from Christopher Tolkien and a text based on the 1995 edition incorporating Tolkienís corrections and his original illustrations, some in color. The cover is the original cover based on Tolkienís art as Tolkien intended it, (a red sun and dragon) and the end-papers feature Tolkienís version of Thorinís map.

In History, Rateliff documents Tolkienís first completed draft of The Hobbit, based on Tolkienís much-revised mss. in the Special Collections and University Archives of Marquette University. It is, as Rateliff notes an attempt ďto capture the first form in which the story flowed from his pen, with all the hesitations over wording and constant recasting of sentences that entailedĒ (ix). This is no small undertaking, given Tolkienís habit of recursive revision, the natural decay of acidic paper over the course of decades, and the difficulties of Tolkienís handwriting.

Rateliff not only manages to construct a reasonable chronology and edition, enough of an accomplishment on their own, but he also extensively comments on the various emendations and changes in a detailed and scholarly fashion, while remaining engaging and interesting. He divides the general process of creation, composition and revision into five ďphases,Ē based on Tolkienís recursive process of writing, revising, making a typescript or fair copy, and revising again. Rateliff proceeds, chapter by chapter, offering Tolkienís text and noting the various changes and differences. Most striking were the character evolutions of Bilbo and Gollum, each of which are thoroughly delineated by Rateliff as he draws attention to Tolkienís changes and choices.

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The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien - Deluxe Edition - Beautiful Books review

The Hobbit: 70th Anniversary Edition

I read The Hobbit when I was nine years old and never since, but thought I remembered it pretty well. My six year old was interested enough this year to accept having it read to him a few pages at a time each night. In the course of doing so, I felt the contrasts between my first impression and now. As a child I was awestruck by the depths of the Misty Mountains and the dreaded Mirkwood forest; the entire story had a vast tone of menace to it, filled with dangers and fear. Conversely, as an adult I now find the book fairly light in tone.

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E-mail a link to this book. HarperCollins Publishers. Mint condition. Black hardback brown lettering to the spine with Dj,both in mint condition. The book is new with a small colour printing mark on the outer edges of the pages. Price un-clipped.

This deluxe hardcover edition of J. 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.

It made me wonder if Harper Collins in the UK would also release a similar anniversary edition. Are you planning a special edition for the 70th Anniversary of the Hobbit that no one knows about yet? David Brawn: "The 70th Anniversary Edition has just been printed! It is the third book in the History of the Hobbit boxed set, and is a slightly different version of the deluxe edition we published three years ago. It replaces our standard hardcover edition - with a few additional features. It will become the new standard edition of the Hobbit for another 5 years. This edition starts with a preface by Christopher Tolkien which was first published in the edition of the Hobbit, which was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hobbit.


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