The Annotated Hobbit The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again (Hardcover)
|Author: J. R. R./ Anderson Tolkien|
|Fully revised, redesigned, and expanded, this annotated version of one of the most popular fantasy adventures of all time includes biographical and bibliographical notes, as well as linguistic data and source materials, a history of Middle-earth, and an illuminating overview of the characters, plot, settings, and more. 20,000 first printing. *Author: Tolkien, J. R. R./ Anderson, Douglas A. *Subtitle: The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again *Publication Date: 2002/09/09 *Number of Pages: 398 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 7.50 *Height: 9.25|
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An annotated version of one of the most popular fantasy adventures of all time includes biographical and bibliographical notes, as well as linguistic data and source materials.
This 1937 fantasy is the prequel, or "prelude" to the classic epic trilogy THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Bilbo Baggins is the hobbit of the title: a short, round, and hairy-footed creature fond of small comforts and his rural home. What he doesn't like (or at least thinks he doesn't like) is adventure, but that's just what he gets when a wizard and several dwarves show up on his doorstep, eat him out of house and home, and induce him to join them on a perilous mission to steal a dragon's treasure. Along the way, he picks up a golden ring with the power to turn the wearer invisible; this ring will turn out to be central to the later volumes. While THE LORD OF THE RINGS is a serious epic about the nature of good and evil, written in highly formal language and intended for adults, this earlier work is considerably lighter in tone and clearly directed toward a younger audience, having sprung out of the stories that Tolkien used to tell his own children. However, that does not and has not prevented adults the world over from enjoying THE HOBBIT.
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A popular edition4/22/2013
The Annotated Hobbit is by far the most popular companion/commentary text to Tolkien's classic. And for good reason. In its 2nd revised edition it is even better. I will not go into details why this so as there are many who have done a better job at this than I ever could. However, I will say this: If you are a collector: its popularity is something of a disadvantage as it makes it very difficult to get a 1st printing of the book.
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