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Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to share in an adventure from which he may never return. *Author: Tolkien, J. R. R./ Hague, Michael (ILT) *Subtitle: Or, There and Back Again *Publication Date: 1984/10/29 *Binding Type: Hardbound *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 8.25 *Height: 10.25
Michael Hague attended the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, where he met his future wife, Kathleen. After graduation he became an illustrator for Hallmark Cards. His first work for children appeared when he did the illustrations for Jane Yolen's DREAM WEAVER in 1979. The following year he produced the illustrations for Kenneth Grahame's THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. He is well known for his illustrations of fairy tales and other familiar children's stories.
"Seventeen years ago there appeared, without any fanfare, a book called "The Hobbit" which in my opinion, is one of the best children's stories of this century."
"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' and those who are going to read them."
From the Publisher
This is a story of how Bilbo Baggins, usually almost unadventurous hole in the Shire to wondrous adventures involving elves, dwarves, goblins, and dragons in the magical far-off lands beyond the Misty Mountains. Originally created as a fairy tale for his own children, Tolkien's first venture into Middle-earth has become the classic against which all other fantasies must be measured.
Editors Note 1
Tolkien's classic is splendidly illustrated in full color by noted artist Michael Hague.
"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 eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."
Bilbo Baggins leaves the Shire on a great adventure with a troop of stalwart companions and, along the way, meets a dragon. This is one of the classic books of fantasy literature.
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 quest 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.