The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again

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The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again

Format:  Hardcover,

365 pages

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publish Date: Sep 2012

ISBN-13: 9780547953830

ISBN-10: 0547953836

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This edition of the enchanting prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy features cover art rendered by Tolkien himself.

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish Date: Sep 2012
ISBN-13: 9780547953830
ISBN-10: 0547953836
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 365
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 8.75 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Tolkien, J. R. R.

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill", a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits.

Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrn and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2001-10-01)

First published in the U.K. in 1937, this is the volume that introduced the world to hob bits, Middle-earth, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard, and the Ring of power. A new edition, formatted for younger readers, was released in August and features cover art by Peter S!'s (ISBN 0-618-16221-6. $18; pap. ISBN 0-618-15082-X. $10).

Awards and Recognitions

  • Bilby (Books I Love Best Yearly) Award, 2013 (Australia)

Book description

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 to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!

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