The Hobbit: 75th Anniversary Edition

The Hobbit: 75th Anniversary Edition


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This deluxe hardcover edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy contains a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien’s own drawings and full-color illustrations, including the rare “Mirkwood” piece.

J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition: "If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did)—if you do not already know all about these things—much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period. For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618968633
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/21/2007
Series: Lord of the Rings Series
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 23,316
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth.

Date of Birth:

January 3, 1892

Date of Death:

September 2, 1973

Place of Birth:

Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)

Place of Death:

Oxford, England


B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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The Hobbit: 75th Anniversary Edition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 214 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hobbit as most people know is one of many books that precede The Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien. All of the books from the set are my favorite "Go to" books and I keep many of them on my Nook. That having been said there is nothing enhanced about this version. The "artwork" by Micheal Hague could have been drawn by a 3 year old. This artist is the one responsible for the ghastly Tolkien Calendars from the last few years. If someone at the publishing company wants to enhance this book again get rid of Hague and use Alan Lee or John Howe's paintings and drawings. Those are true fans of the literature and know how to do honor to the literary work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hobbit is a very adventures book! The begging may seem boring to some people but don't stop reading it you just have to wait until he goes on his adventure! I think all ages would injoy this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The enhanced version was definitely worth it. Just to hear J.R.R. Tolkein read passages of The Hobbit was incredible. Buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buyer beware. This version can only be read on limited number of devices. I can not read it on my nook simple touch or iPad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The actual story and illustrations are wonderful, just as expected. My frustration is that this version cannot be read on my litttle black & white nook, or my Toshiba tablet. I would appreciate this information from BN when reading the "Overview" so that I could make my purchasing decision with this knowledge. This is the one and only reason this nook book has lost a star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best version I have ever seen of this book, and a great reason to show off your nook with the audio files. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Those reviewers saying that the images are too small, you double click on them to make them larger.) The Hobbit is one of my favorite books. I read it first when I was 11 and it is great to revisit this great little adventure book. I like the enhanced version with Tolkien's illustrations and especially the sound clips!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the adventure but the drawings were childlike and not worth the extra cost
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ilove the hobbit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the book alot! I beilive it is the longest book ive read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This enhanced version contains not only the story, but the back story of how Tolkien developed the land of middle-earth and discusses changes to the artwork as the book became popular. Some of the e-book pages take a LONG time to load, but they are worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read
Anonymous 6 hours ago
bad ya ya
Charlie011 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable read. IRecommended further reading are books by Raymond E Fiest and David Eddings.
anno0530 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Hobbit was a preety decent book. The thing that kind of disapointed me was that some people from The Lord Of The Rings where not in the Hobbit but my favorite part was when Bilbo fight the dragon.
MLHamilton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first experience with fantasy literature. I became an instant fan. I can still remember my wonder at imaging Bilbo's clever way of handling the trolls and his conversations with Smaug. A classic.
fatlamb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I knew I could count on my "Treckie" Sci-Friends when it came to reading a book on fantasy. Some close friends recommend this book to me to fulfill the fantasy genre. They were all in disbelief when finding out that I had never read The Hobbit. For someone who is not a fan of fantasy I am a huge fan of The Hobbit, I really am not sure if that is due to the fact that I have just seen recently for the first time the The Lord of The Rings Trilogy (the Hobbit is the prequel to the movies). I would like to say that the movies played no role in determining if I enjoyed the book or not...realistically and unfortunate, I would say that the movies did influence my enjoyment of The Hobbit. It is difficult for me to connect with fantasy books because for the most part they are so far fetched and too far removed for me to find them interesting but The Hobbit made it easy for me to connect to the characters even though they were dwarfs, man eating spiders, a hobbit, a wizard, a dragon (can not get much more fantasy then this). The story takes while to develop but is rich in describing the characters, background, adventures, and scenery, that I really did not mind the slow beginning, it totally makes up for the adventure, twist and turns, and suspense that follows ahead. Four and half Stars-I would have given the Hobbit five stars but I am not a fantasy reader. The author did a great job with the imagination, I was whisked away in this far far away land but still being connected to the real world. The author took time and was very detailed with his descriptions, characters, background, and scenes that it made it easy to feel connected and have feelings toward the characters. A great compliment to The Hobbit, once upon completion it made me reflect and question my self on how I view fantasy. High school read, due to the detail, building up of characters, and story...younger students could lose interest. I would still recommend and encourage both middle school and high school students to read the Hobbit.
rosenberg41783 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good book filled with adventure and fantasy. It's plots and creatures were unexpected, but they fit together to create an exciting journey.The Hobbit is the beggining of the Lord of the Rings series, and gives background to alot of the later stories.
RochelleT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved The Hobbit. I wish I had my very own Bilbo Baggins to go on adventures with! It's great that this prequel can be read pre or post The Lord of the Rings and holds it's own as a stand alone book. The story is exciting, the characters sweet and engaging and although originally written as a children's book there is no doubt all ages can enjoy.
mausergem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Hobbit is a tale of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit. It deals with an adventure that Bilbo and thirteen dwarfs have in search of the lost treasure in the Lonely mountain. On route to the Lonely mountain Bilbo fights trolls, finds the Ring (which is the central theme of the Lord of the Ring triology), battles goblins, meets bear man, flies with eagles, dodges wood elves and meets river people. In the Lonely mountain Bilbo irritates the dragon which brings about the dragon¿s downfall. Finally there is the the great battle of the five armies and the return journey home.The Hobbit is a more fun book than the Lord of the Ring series. The story is multi-layered. On the surface it is a fun adventure but it also speaks of greed and the trust or lack of it various creatures share. It speaks of logic and common sense on Bilbo¿s part. These traits helps Bilbo avert perils and surprises people. It really makes us wonder how the simplest things are the most difficult to do.Someone said ¿Common sense is the most uncommon thing in this world.¿ So true.
ProgWizardry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love it even more(though in a different way) than The Lord Of The Rings.
SMG-TCole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book!!! Tolkien is one of the most talented authors I have ever read books buy, a must read before the Lord of the Rings.
maggie1944 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I could not add anything to all the nice reviews written prior to now. I was very happy to be reading a great little tale and happy to have good people in the book to cheer for; and to be happy with a happy ending.
dgbnumber1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very simple story that I liked. There and back again. Enuff said. Straightforward character development
horrorreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in paperback when I was about 10 years old and was instantly hooked! Many, many years later I purchased this nice new hardback version and it sits with my collection of "essential" titles on the bookshelf.