The Annotated Hobbit

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HarperCollins, 2003 - Fantasy fiction - 398 pages
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J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved novel The hobbit has deep roots in European folklore, mythology, and language. As a reader's introduction to Tolkien's Middle-earth, it contains references to the ancient history of this imaginary world which, though rarely explained, contribute greatly to the effect of Tolkien's art. This revised and expanded edition of The annotated hobbit unobtrusively and authoritatively illuminates the novel's antecedents and curiosities. Douglas Anderson has also collected here wonderful illustrations from all over the world. The many new annotations in this edition reflect more than a decade's additional scholarship on the history and evolution of The hobbit, and the annotations and illustrations are newly integrated with the core text in a handsome reader-friendly format. This edition also reproduces the fully corrected text of The hobbit as J.R.R. Tolkien approved it before his death, in 1973. Anderson has compared every page from every major edition of The hobbit with Tolkien's own last checking copy in the restoration work for this definitive edition.

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This is one of my favorite books! My brother read it to me when he was in Jr. High and I was in the second grade and I got hooked! I love the adventure and comedy played out in Tolkein's writing. It's ... Read full review

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Honoring the 50th anniversary of the U.S. publication of The Hobbit, this edition offers more than the expected annotation of names, chronology, sources, and commentary (although literary criticism ... Read full review

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Douglas Anderson is one of the foremost scholars of Tolkien's work, and was involved in the resetting of The Lord of the Rings for the centenary edition illustrated by Alan Lee.

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