The Annotated Hobbit

The Annotated Hobbit

The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

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The definitive edition of this beloved children's classic, featuring a wealth of accompanying illustrations and notes which take the reader further into both the story, and the tale of how it was written. Seldom has any book been so widely read and loved as J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tale, The Hobbit. Since its first publication in 1937 it has remained in print to delight each new generation of readers all over the world, and its hero, Bilbo Baggins, has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals: Alice, Pooh, Toad...As with all classics, repeated readings continue to bring new detail and perspectives to the reader's mind, and Tolkien's Middle-earth is a vast mine of treasures and knowledge, its roots delving deep into folklore, mythology and language. The Hobbit is, therefore, an ideal book for annotation: as well as offering a marvellous and entrancing story, it introduces the reader to the richly imagined world of Middle-earth, a world more fully and complexly realised in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.Douglas Anderson's annotations make fascinating reading. Additionally, many of Tolkien's own illustrations embellish the text, and numerous illustrations from foreign editions exhibit an extraordinary range of visual interpretation. In an appendix there are details of the revisions made by Tolkien at various times to the publsihed text, which provide an uncommon and privileged glimpse into the special concerns of an exceptional and painstaking writer.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2003
Edition: Rev. and expanded ed. --
ISBN: 9780007137275
Branch Call Number: FIC Tolki 2003
Characteristics: xii, 398 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.)


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Jun 16, 2018

Such a great story! Us humans love a good story, and this is one of the best!
Also, don't underestimate the age that can understand and enjoy this as a read-aloud. Even my 3 year old was captivated by parts of it!

ArapahoeSarahD Jan 10, 2018

We all love the coziness of home but what would you do if the adventure of a lifetime came knocking? Would you answer the door? Bilbo did and his tale will forever be remembered as one of the greatest stories ever written.

acardona305 Nov 26, 2017

The Hobbit takes the reader on an unforgettable adventure through the land of Middle Earth. An excellent cast of characters, plot and adventure coupled with a great attention to detail make this one of the classics that must be read by all who enjoy literature.

Nov 18, 2017

Possibly the greatest book in the whole world. A must read.

LiteratureStudent Oct 17, 2017

So much fun to read a story of an unadventurous introvert being brought along on an adventure with fun and loveably odd characters to epic lands on a tremendous adventure. You come to love every moment of the story as much as the main character eventually does.

ArapahoeRachel Oct 13, 2017

Bilbo Baggins is a lovable curmudgeon if I've ever seen one. It was an honor to travel with him as he faced his anxiety, pushed through his mountains of reluctance, and found out how green the grass really was on the other side.

Aug 04, 2017

Classic book- a great and thrilling read!

Jul 15, 2017

this was one of the best books of all time and i read it once a year. when i first read it i liked it so much i read it three times. if you have not read it you have to read it at least

Jun 15, 2017

This is an awesome book! Tolkien's writing makes the string very easy to visualize.

May 15, 2017

It is really good book to read. I am big fan of Lord of the rings and the hobbit movies and wanted to read books. This is really great story. The only thing i didn't like in this particular copy is the text. It is not really good font or the spacing is bad but as far as story goes it is as awesome as the movies.

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May 04, 2018

white_lion_251 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 99

Feb 17, 2018

PeggyCarter16 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Nov 18, 2017

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Jul 17, 2017

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
One of the more famous literary openings - for good reason.

Jul 17, 2017

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world - Thorin Oakenshield

Jul 17, 2017

Alive without breath,
As cold as death,
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail, never clinking. - Gollum/Smeagol

May 15, 2017

Where there's life there's hope

Jun 14, 2016

"Never laugh at live dragons,Bilbo you fool!"-Bilbo Baggins.

Aug 02, 2015

"Do you wish me a good morning, or you mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not;..."

Jul 15, 2015

Fruity laughs

SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

Mar 17, 2015

"Blunt the knives, bend the forks,
Smash the bottles and burn the corks!
Chip the glasses and crack the plates,
That's what Bilbo Baggins hates!"
(Movie Quote, but I love the book and the movie all the same)

Jan 04, 2014

"It likes riddles ... does it?" Gollum

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Oct 12, 2015

Bilbo Baggins, a very unsuspecting Hobbit, suddenly finds himself going on an adventure to reclaim a dwarf's treasure! Along with thirteen other dwarves and a famous wizard, Bilbo crosses the land to the east, to the Desolation of Smaug, and robs from the great dragon Smaug, who is guarding the long lost treasure.


Dec 20, 2014

A hobbit takes a trip..with thirteen dwarves and a wizard to a mountain far away to restore the treasure to the dwarves. But what is the treasure? Gold or undying fellowship?

Aug 17, 2014

Bilbo is an interesting hobbit. He goes on an adventure to the lonely mountain. He goes with several dwarves and a wizard. Its a wonderful book to read.

Aug 17, 2014

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who, at the beginning, never went on an adventure but that all changes when a wizard carves a sign on his door. Bilbo and 13 dwarves go on an expedition to claim back what was theirs. In this book there will be many ups and downs, spiders and goblins. Will they reclaim what was theirs?

Jun 26, 2014

Bilbo Baggins, is a hobbit that enjoys the simple beaties of life such as food and smoking. However one simple visit from Gandolf changes Bilbo's life forever. Join Bilbo, Thorin, the Company of the Dwarves and Gandolf as they set of to slay a dragon, and take back what belongs to the dwarves, the Lonely Mountain.

May 28, 2013

bilbo bagins goes in a amezing journey the one he will find something that later on will start a war.

A great book to read first if you want to read more of Tolkien's Works. This is Bilbo's story of Adventure with the dwarves to reclaim their treasure in the Lonely Mountain. The come across many a foe-but Bilbo learns he is quite brave and stronger than he originally thought.

lms May 27, 2008

"Bilbo Baggins, a respectable well-to -do hobbit lives comfortably in his hobbit hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return." (Novelist Review)


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Jan 02, 2013

Other: How could anyone say that this book is a waste of time?!?!?! I've never regretted reading a Tolkien book! Not only is The Hobbit great, but so are all of the other books by Tolkien! If you liked The Hobbit you MUST read Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion!

Dec 06, 2012

Other: Don't listen to fearlessforever! This is not a time waster! It is one of the best books ever!

Mar 21, 2012

Other: The Hobbit is amazing!! It is definitely not a waste of time!

PrinceBishop Nov 26, 2011

Other: One of the best books ever. Waste lots of time on it!

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