The Hobbit (Enhanced Edition)

The Hobbit (Enhanced Edition)

By J. R. R. Tolkien

  • Release Date: 2007-09-21
  • Genre: Fantasy
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Description

This deluxe 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."

Reviews

  • Love the "enhancements"

    5
    By Osafune
    I wish I could find enhanced versions of the trilogy, because I really enjoyed this. I'm not a fan of audiobooks at all, but it was really neat hearing small parts of this is Tolkien's voice. Also, he sings some of the songs so you know the tune. I didn't have any problems zooming in on the maps like other readers did. Overall, it's a fun, easy read.
  • Lolojofus

    5
    By Snake Boy🐍
    It was better then the paper copy! They did great on the extra facts, the book it self is a wonderful book indeed.📕📗📘📙
  • Very good book

    5
    By Jukut undis
    Very good book
  • There and Back Again

    5
    By JakTheGreat
    A fantastic read for young and old alike. A story that makes one fall in love with tales of legend, despair, and even Hobbits. If you are thinking of reading this book... Do it! I'd hardly think you'll regret it.
  • Very vey good.

    5
    By ChaosMcawesomeness
    So great
  • The hobbit

    5
    By Jocko17
    Tolkien is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
  • the hobbit

    5
    By wwerty56
    it was a good book
  • Classic

    5
    By dmillerut
    An amazing tale
  • Forever

    5
    By Kluscon
    This has always been my favorite book. The timelessness of it just takes me away. of course it gets a 5 star rating! i will never, no matter how many times i read this book, think it boring or dull or null of a life of its own! if you like magic, fairytales, awesomeness, then get the book! And also get the Lord of the Rings! btw the movies are phenomenal as well. Definetely getting more of Tolkein’s books!
  • What nitwit hasn't read The Hobbit?

    5
    By Eric Jonrosh
    I would argue that no book, novel, novella or Sunday cartoon has ever been written by man or beast that does not derive directly from J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” Except my own works, of course, like “The Spoils of Babylon” which is entirely original, distinctive, soul-crushing, tent-raising and writ in good ‘ole American English to boot. My works aside, I challenge the readers of this website to find a single novel of any literary value that does not contain Tolkien’s literary revelations such as opening with a relatable character, embarking on a journey, monsters (symbolic?), mountains, meals, love of inanimate objects, conflict, more characters, flashbacks and, most importantly, barrels. “The Catcher in Rye?” A direct rip-off. “1984?” A copy, made carbon. Try reading “Jane Eyre” after a stint in Middle Earth. You’ll feel like you never left. “The Grapes of Wrath.” “Sweet Valley High.” “Oedipus Rex.” “Winnie the Pooh.” “Deliverance.” The list stretches longer than that chubby Hobbit road to The Lonely Mountain. Where in hellfire has all mankind’s creativity gone? However, when I learned that Tolkien had devised an entirely unique alphabet for his Elvish hermaphrodite creations, I felt compelled to create my lexicon for an unbelievable, yet entirely believable alien race. What sprung forth in a moment of scotch-induced brilliance was a series of glyphs and scribbles that would later be used in the blockbuster film, Stargate. It is a combination of wingdings and consonants that remains one of the most maddeningly indecipherable codes to date. So here’s a hearty pour of Bagpipes O’Toole for the dearly departed and his Hobbit, the veritable blueprint of dramatic archetype, the foundation for narrative masterpiecery, not including any of my own great works which could never be pigeonholed by a linear plot or even anything remotely replicatable, due to their deep catharsis and sheer, disgusting ingenuity. With undbound appreciation and wonder, Eric Jonrosh, author, director, team leader of “The Spoils of Babylon,” airing on IFC, January the 9th, 2014

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