The Annotated Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien Douglas A. Anderson

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The Annotated Hobbit 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 de

  • Title: The Annotated Hobbit
  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien Douglas A. Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780007137275
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 reFor 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 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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    1. Matt on said:

      Some books are almost impossible to review. If a book is bad, how easily can we dwell on its flaws! But if the book is good, how do you give any recommendation that is equal the book? Unless you are an author of equal worth to the one whose work you review, what powers of prose and observation are you likely to have to fitly adorn the work? 'The Hobbit' is at one level simply a charming adventure story, perhaps one of the most charming and most adventurous ever told. There, see how simple that w [...]

    2. Scott on said:

      There are some days when I actually think that the humble Hobbit is superior to it's bohemoth brother, The Lord of the Rings. It's a much tighter story, and Bilbo is a much more appeal character than is Frodo. I also just love this poem, from The HobbitFar over the misty mountains coldTo dungeons deep and caverns oldWe must away ere break of dayTo seek the pale enchanted gold.The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,While hammers fell like ringing bellsIn places deep, where dark things sleep,In ho [...]

    3. Inge on said:

      Dear Tolkien fans: please don't leave a comment if you're going to spew hatred - I'll just delete it. I'm glad you enjoy Tolkien's work, but I am actually allowed to feel this way, no matter how scandalous you find that idea. Thank you.To be fair, it really is a cool story. Mr Tolkien’s imagination is endless and I respect him immensely for that. To be able to conjure a whole new, magical world and all these creatures in it absolutely amazing. But it is also a very long-winded story and I foun [...]

    4. Jason Koivu on said:

      From a hole in the ground came one of my favorite characters of all time, the very reluctant and unassuming hero, Bilbo Baggins. As a child, The Hobbit sparked my young imagination, causing wonderful daydreams and horrible nightmares. As a teen, the book made me want to become a writer of fantastical talesor go shoeless, live in a hole and smoke a pipe. As an adult, Tolkien's novel maintains within me a link to my childhood, safekeeping cherished memories and evoking everlasting emotions. The tr [...]

    5. Will Byrnes on said:

      In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.Books exist in time and place and our experience of them is affected by the specific time and place in which we encounter them. Sometimes an uplifting or inspiring book can change the path of a life that has wandered onto a wrong course. Sometimes a book, discovered early on, can form part of the foundation of who we are. Or, discovered late, can offer insight into the journey we have taken to date. Sometimes a book is just a book. But not The Hobbit. [...]

    6. Ben Alderson on said:

      JUST AMAZING! FUN AND BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE! I HAD TO READ THE END AGAIN BECAUSE OF MY LOVEhow they made three films out of this impresses me!

    7. Hannah Greendale on said:

      Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Were it not for the irresistible allure of The Fellowship of the Ring, I'd start reading this book all over again right now. <3

    8. Chelsea Humphrey on said:

      I probably won't write a full review here, as this is just a reread for me, but I found this just as enchanting as the first time I read it. While I still like this one only SLIGHTLY less than The Lord of the Rings, I'm glad I took the opportunity to read this first before diving into a reread of LOTR this year. When I first read Tolkien's books about 15 years ago I didn't experience The Hobbit until I finished LOTR, so it gave me the feeling of being able to read this one as an introduction to [...]

    9. Traveller on said:

      Maybe one day soon I'll write a proper review of The Hobbit.In the meantime, I want to say this:If you are a child, you need to read this for Gollum's riddles.If you are an adult, you need to read this book to children (if you don't have children, rent borrow some) for at least one opportunity to roleplay Gollum.Becuz GOLLUM ROOOLZ!!!!! See here, he even won an award!! (PS. Since Gollum features so strongly in this review, here is an interesting video on the acting and CGI genius that went into [...]

    10. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      What makes The Hobbit such a seminal work in the fantasy genre? Is it the nine hours of over-budget, sensorially explosive movies by Peter Jackson? Nope. Is it a complex tale of multiple human kingdoms slaughtering each other for an Iron Throne with buckets of blood and guts and plenty of sex? Nope. Is it simply wonderful writing. As simple and boring as that. Does that mean that I was incredibly disappointed in the movie adaptation (not to say abortion)? Yep. Does that mean I don't love Game of [...]

    11. Bookdragon Sean on said:

      To call this the epitome in which all high fantasy should be judged does not quite suffice; this is simply one of the best books that has ever been written or will ever be written. The Hobbit defines the high fantasy genre along with its sequel, of course, and has been an inspiration to countless authors and readers alike. Tolkien, quite literally, kick started a genre that would eventually capture the hearts of thousands of people. He changed the literary world. The best fantasy universe ever c [...]

    12. Ana on said:

      The book is almost always better than the movie, and The Hobbit is the prime example of this sentiment. I have spoken.

    13. Lyn on said:

      “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”So begins J.R.R. Tolkien’s love letter to fantasy literature.A reader to this timeless classic will first notice that this is a first person narration, the reader hears Tolkien’s voice as he narrates the tale of Bilbo Baggins, Belladonna Took [...]

    14. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      610. The Hobbit = There and Back Again, J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children's fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children's literature.عنوان: هابیت - آنجا و بازگشت دوباره؛ جی.آر.آر. [...]

    15. Mohammed Arabey on said:

      The PlotالقصهThe ActionالاحداثThe SettingsالاماكنThe CharactersالشخصياتBut The Oscar Goes to J.R.R. Tolkien for BEST STORYTELLER فعلا لعل اكثر ما اعجبني في رحلتي مع الهوبيت تلك الرحله غير المتوقعه ليهو اسلوب روايه جي ار ار تولكين للقصه فله اسلوب مميز بالفعل في الحكي, كانه يروي وهو يجلس معك أنت شخصياالهــوبيت هي حجر ال [...]

    16. Alejandro on said:

      Where there's life there's hope.I've been thinking a lot of how many stars giving to the book, since there were parts that I loved a lot, but there were others that I found tedious and even anti-climatic, but in respect to this great writer, J.R.R. Tolkien, I think that the book deserves at least 4-stars rating with which I feel easy since I am not giving it a full rating but also I am not punishing it for things that maybe a future re-reading will solve.In a hole in the ground there lived a hob [...]

    17. Manny on said:

      I love the feeling of connectedness you get when you've wondered about something for a long time, and finally discover the answer. I had a great example of that yesterday. As I said in my review of The Lord of the Rings, for me Tolkien is all about language. I must have read The Hobbit when I was about 8, and even at that age I was fascinated by his made-up names. They sort of made sense, but not quite.Then, when I was 21, I learned Swedish, and suddenly there were many things in Middle Earth th [...]

    18. Zoë on said:

      I discussed this novel with my book club, Austentatious, here: youtube/watch?v=4vvG4

    19. Julio Genao on said:

      this is not a reviewis is smack-talk and a buddy saw the first two films in the peter jackson trilogy (for a second time) this weekend. he says he loves actor lee pace just like i do, but that his character, thranduil, was campy as fuck and also what the hell were they even thinking?to which i reply:y'all know i like 'em long, lean, and unavailablent nobody gon' talk shyt 'bout muh booTIVATE MEME BATTURR

    20. Ryan on said:

      Unpopular opinion time: I don't like The Hobbit.Before all of you start hating me forever, please, hear me out. I truly respect J. R.R Tolkien. If I'm not mistaken, this was one of the first really popular fantasy books ever written. And fantasy just happens to be my favourite genre. So you can see why I really wanted to like this book. I wanted to like it so much, in fact, that I have tried to read it three times now. But each time, I have had to DNF it. I love The Lord of the Rings movies. I l [...]

    21. Evgeny on said:

      I find it hard to believe there are people who have no clue what the book is about. Still the possibility exists so I will give the high points of the plot. See there once was a hobbit (a race entirely created by Tolkien and endlessly recycled since under name halflings - for copyright reasons) named Bilbo Baggins. Think a humanoid creature of about half of a grown-up adult human height with furry legs who goes barefoot - it is a hobbit.These guys live underground in holes similar to rabbit's, b [...]

    22. seak on said:

      Amazing.-----------------The above was my first review of this and really summed things up quite succinctly. Below is actually a review of the first of the trilogy of movies following The Hobbit (kinda).-----------------There have been lots of thoughts on this movie already, but I felt I needed to add my two cents, because, well, lots of people are just plain wrong.Okay, maybe people have good reason to be disappointed with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but I wanted to tell you why you shou [...]

    23. Emily May on said:

      In certain crowds, my rating and the words I'm about to write (well, type) would probably get me shot. But The Hobbit is still, to this day, the single most boring book I have ever read. That's including The Globalization of World Politics. And Moby-Dick. I feel like I'm missing something with all of Tolkien's work. I don't get the love :(

    24. Barry Pierce on said:

      I really hate fantasy. However I do consider myself a "reader". Therefore I feel obliged to read the works of Tolkien cos well he's a pretty major name in 20th-century English literature. *sighs* The things I do for the love of books.I was apprehensive when I started this. I was introduced to hobbits and dwarves and wizards and I very nearly quit on page 16. However I decided to continue with one thought circling in my head, "it's just a bit of fun". Whenever I came across a passage with trolls [...]

    25. Jadranka on said:

      Kako napisati review za najomiljeniju knjigu ikada? Nikako, zato ovo i nije klasičan review.Već nekoliko godina, sestra i ja imamo običaj da pred kraj godine čitamo baš Hobita, to je naša mala tradicija kojom obeležavamo kraj jedne i početak nove godine. Knjige dolaze i prolaze, ali samo za pojedine možemo da kažemo da su nas oblikovale kao čitaoce.Hobit je jedna od tih knjiga za mene.A evo kako je sve počelo:Znate ono čuveno pitanje: Koje 3 knjige biste poneli na pusto ostrvo? E pa [...]

    26. Jean on said:

      “In a city, in an English university town, there lived a don. Not a sprawling, grimy slum of a city, full of the stench of neglect and despair, nor yet a soulless prosperous city, fueled by commercial enterprise: it was an Oxford professor's hometown, and that means intellectual satisfaction.”If this rather feeble skit is instantly recognisable to you, just pause for a moment, to marvel at how much impact the original opening lines of The Hobbit have had. They have been incredibly successful [...]

    27. Duane on said:

      This is the beginning, the genesis of what many consider the greatest fantasy story ever told. This story, the story of Bilbo, the story of the Ring, is so simple, so like a children’s fairytale that it’s difficult to imagine the magnitude and complexity of the story it spawned, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I read the Hobbit first and I fell in love with Bilbo, so much so that it took me awhile to warm up to Frodo. This is a reread for me and the story is just as appealing, just as lovable [...]

    28. Miquel Reina on said:

      The Hobbit is probably my favorite book of all times. I should meditate a bit more, but for sure it is between my three favorite books! :D I think the Hobbit is a tale rather than a novel, a tale for adults. I love the contrast between the quiet, comfortable and almost boring life of Bilbo against the adventure full of dangers that he will live with the dwarves. For me, The Hobbit is a metaphor of life, with a strong and clear moral that we all learn at the end of its reading. I encourage everyo [...]

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