The Annotated Hobbit

The Annotated Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 0618134700 9780618134700
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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 redesigned, Douglas A. Andersons The Annotated Hobbit is the definitive explication of the sources, characters, places, and things of J.R.R. Tolkiens timeless classic. Integrated with Andersons notes and placed alongside the fully restored and corrected text of the original story are more than 150 illustrations showing visual interpretations of The Hobbit specific to many of the cultures that have come to know and love Tolkiens Middle-earth. Tolkiens 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 Tolkiens life and the publishing history of The Hobbit, and explains how every feature of The Hobbit fits within the rest of Tolkiens invented world. Here we learn how Gollums character was revised to accommodate the true nature of the One Ring, and we can read the full text of The Quest of Erebor, Gandalfs 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.

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Language: English

Edition: Annotated

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 399

Publisher: Mariner Books

Publication Date: 2002-08-16


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