It was originally dismissed as juvenile by many of his friends. I still love the story of the hobbits original publishing. This is a small book when compared to the other books by tolkien like the the lord of the rings and the silmarillion. Created in the tradition of a fairy tale, with authors effort to integrate two interests, stories for his three sons and a mythology of england, the book has had a corner in hearts of many readers since it was first published in september, 1937.
If you own one of these rare books, youre sitting on a. They had met back in 1926 at oxford university, where they both served on the english faculty. The most expensive copies of the hobbit in the world. It makes a great readaloud for kids 8 and up and readalone for 10 or 11 and up.
Kids younger than 8 will probably have a tough time with both the vocabulary and some of the violence. Often thought of as the prelude to the rings trilogy, the. This copy, the second impression was published in december of 1937. The hobbit or there and back again the tolkien collection amazon. The definitive collection of tolkiens classic fairie tales, in the vein of the hobbit, illustrated by oscar winner alan lee never before published in a single volume, tolkiens four novellas farmer giles of ham, leaf by niggle, smith of wootton. The hobbit was tolkiens first book, first published in 1937. Tolkiens first novel september 21, 2017 by book marks.
The hobbit is the book that introduces most people to middleearth and to the works of j. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in childrens literature. It was published on 21 september 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the carnegie medal and awarded a prize from the new york herald tribune for best juvenile fiction. Whisked from his comfortable hobbithole by gandolf the wizard and a band of dwarves, bilbo baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of smaug the magnificent, a large and avery dangerous. Book collection visual library 19372007 here is my evergrowing collection of english versions of the hobbit im sure tolkien would be proud. I actually read the book after seeing the first two hobbit movies. Editions of the hobbit, or there and back again by j. The hobbit is a story about little bilbo baggins and his notsolittle adventure. For readers throughout the world, the hobbit serves as an introduction to the enchanting world of middleearth, 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. The lord of the rings might be considered a seminal work of fantasy but thered be no lotr if not for the hobbit, so perhaps its that work that should rightly be called seminal. Same sheets as au1942 but no maps and no frontispiece. Buy the hobbit book online at low prices in india the. Cooks pond is a 23acre 93,000 m 2 reservoir in plymouth, massachusetts.
The way tolkien narrates the story you will know he is a master of his trade right. A more important truth is that both belong to a very small class of books which have nothing in common save that each admits us to a world of its owna world that seems. The leaflet is a list of postcards but also includes books and other items sold in the shop. After the book was released in september of 1937, some recognized it. Harpercollins publishers ltd, london, united kingdom, 1998. The pond suffers from trash along the northern shore as well as erosion at the access point on the north side of the pond, each of which was noted in a 2002 field. For many people the hobbit is also the start of their collecting habit and what a place to start. Tolkien, with facsimile dustjacket sold very first edition of the hobbit, the desire for every serious tolkien collector. Balin, dwalin, bifur, bofur, bombur, dori, nori, ori, fili, kili, oin, gloin the other twelve dwarves who go with thorin, gandalf, and bilbo on the long journey. The book is indeed finely bound by sangorski and sutcliffe zaehnsdorf in full black. Since the publication of the hobbit in 1937, critical readers have argued over whether the book is a fantasy, a fairy tale, a fable, a romance, an epic, or a novel. The book was published in 1937, and what would many times. Its sense of fun and the incredible adventures though are probably.
Baggins is a scholarly book and one more suited to the diehard tolkien enthusiast than the casual reader. It had evolved from stories he told his children into a fulllength tale he shared with his discussion group. The hobbit was published on 21 september 1937, with a print run of 1,500 copies. The hobbit book the hobbit is considered to be one of the best books written by j. The hobbit is a timeless classic, which is a tale of bilbo baggins, the wizard gandalf, gollum, and the spectacular world of middleearth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon smaug the magnificent. R tolkien is a single book which talks about the adventures of bilbo bagginsthe hobbit. Allen and unwin, 1937 the publishers claim that the hobbit, though very unlike alice, resembles it in being the work of a professor at play. John ronald reuel tolkien 18921973 was an british philologist who specialized in old and middle english.
This is a book about a book, or more precisely a book about part of a book, as it covers about 23s of the action of the hobbit. Since its first publcation in 1937, there has been an endless stream of. This is a wonderful edition illustrated by alan lee. This book was written in 1937 and even today it is a best seller all over the world. Originally published in september of 1937, the hobbit quickly became a classic of the genre and is now descibed as the book of the century.
This was a lower quality edition produced to the book production war economy standard. The hobbit was so successful in 1937 that tolkien was asked to write a sequel and so was born the lord of the rings. Tolkiens many excellent books, the hobbit is the better choice for tweens. The novel is about the journey of a hobbit called bilbo baggins, along with gandalf the gray, and twelve dwarves. If you have one of these rare books sitting on a shelf, get ready to cash in. John walters david lumsden clive kneller michael geary cornelius clarke etc tight binding, no inscsp, clean, small creases front cover corner, mild edgewear bbing. Classifying the book is one way of explaining its strengths and weaknesses and understanding the immense appeal it has held for many decades. The hobbit is a far easier read than lotr and a child can make short work of it, but it is by no means exclusively a childrens book.
It follows the adventures of bilbo baggins, a hobbit who embarks on an incredible journey. Still, since i last read the book, i have wondered whether i should. The hobbit or there and back again is a fantasy novel written by j. For further details see printing and binding the hobbit. Bert, tom, and william trolls from whom bilbo takes the key to a cave from which he and the dwarves take gold and the swords they use in battle with the goblins and in the battle of. Read the hobbit absolutely for free at readanybook. Please see our image of the actual book offered for sale. Lewis and tolkien were no strangers to one another. Burbank owns the pilgrim book store in plymouth, massachusetts. Before there is the lord of the rings trilogy, there is the hobbit. The pond is within the eel river watershed, located north of south pond village, near the shops at 5 and the main post office, and southeast of lout pond.
Tolkiens fantasy novel is first published on this date. The gold one is only available from secondary book sources. It was published on 21 september 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being. Is the hobbit a part of a book series, or a series of its. The hobbit with illustrations from the animated movie by rankinbass. The book started out as a tale for children, but it actually leads the reader into darker and deeper territories opening the path for the lord of the rings. The hobbit, or there and back again is a childrens fantasy novel by english author j. Since its first publcation in 1937, there has been an endless stream of editions, binding variants, cover illustrations and illustrators. Rateliff has taken a number of fragments and drafts of the hobbit and presents them to. The purpose for their journey was to reach the misty mountain and take back thorins treasures from the dragon, smaug.
The hobbit, or there and back again is a fantasy novel by english author j. This book needs no introduction, it is simply tolkiens most desired publication. Last week we looked at some amazing fine bindings of the hobbit, where the most expensive copy was valued between usd 60000 and usd 90000. This childrens classic and literary masterpiece was first published in 1937 and has since become a treasured work of fantasy literature. This estimate was for an association copy of the hobbit that was inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf with to stella mills, from her old friend, j.342 652 40 1218 577 1326 1160 1180 1505 899 1256 574 150 644 810 653 6 1562 1350 537 583 356 757 1470 964 1434 736 487 1356 788 574 552 107