The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

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Houghton Mifflin, 1984 - Juvenile Fiction - 290 pages
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This edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic is illustrated with 48 paintings by noted artist Michael Hague.
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien's own children, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies worldwide and established itself as a modern classic.

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Tolkein is an incredibly talented writer. - Goodreads
The ending is so beautiful and sad at the same time. - Goodreads
An accessible intro to the Lord of the Rings. - Goodreads
Tolkien's writing really is extraordinary. - Goodreads
It was an introduction to fantasy. - Goodreads

Review: The Hobbit: Graphic Novel

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This is awesone. I thought I list my copy from childhood but found it today in a cookie jar in my parents basement (no clue he it got there). Oh Happy Day! Read full review

Review: The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)

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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 ... Read full review

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About the author (1984)

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings", and other tales of Middle-earth, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Growing up in California in the 1950s, Michael was greatly influenced by the Prince Valiant comics and the Walt Disney Studio. His mother, who attended art school in London before immigrating to the US, nurtured his artistic talents and love for books. Her own childhood picture books impressed her young son so much that from an early age he knew exactly what he wanted to be a baseball player. Fortunately, his inability to hit a curve ball determined that he rediscover his true vocation, that of a book illustrator. Michael attended Art Center College of Design where he met his wife of over forty years, Kathleen Hague. After the two graduated with honors, they moved to Kansas City where Michael worked for Hallmark Cards designing greeting cards and calendars. Hallmark published his first book in 1975, a pop-up version of Gulliver s Travels. They then relocated to Colorado Springs to work at Current, again creating art for paper products. Several years later Michael opened his own studio and began work as a freelance illustrator. The Hagues stayed on in Colorado Springs where he and Kathleen raised three children and where the couple still live and work. Michael Hague has been inspired by a wide variety of artistic styles, ranging from the work of the Disney Studios to the oriental printmakers Hiroshige and Hokusai and the drawings of Michelangelo. He is a fan of contemporary comic and book illustrators as well as turn-of-the-century illustrators such Arthur Rackham, W. Heath Robinson, Howard Pyle and Herman Vogel. He is an avid collector of their books. About his life and work, Michael Hague says, I count myself as one of the most fortunate of beings. For as an artist I have not only the pleasure, but the duty to daydream. It is part of my work. I have been a contented daydreamer all my life, often to the exasperation of those around me. I have lived what seems to be a charmed life. I ve raised three wonderful children, live with my wife in a pink house with our two large dogs, and my work enables me to remain young at heart, forever like Peter Pan. The Michael Hague Signature Series is a wonderful tribute to a brilliant career and to the finest literature published for children and adults of all ages.

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