The Annotated Hobbit

The Annotated Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Author:J.R.R. Tolkien 
Title:The Annotated Hobbit; revised and expanded editionannotated by Douglas A. Anderson
Published:2002 by Houghton Mifflin 


For readers around the globe, The Hobbit serves as an introduction to the enchanting world of Middle-earth, 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. R. R. Tolkien.

Newly expanded and completely redesigned, Douglas A. Anderson's The Annotated Hobbit is the definitive explication of the sources, characters, places, and things of J. R. R. Tolkien's timeless classic. Integrated with Anderson's notes and placed alongside the fully restored and corrected text of the original story are more than 150 illustrations showing visual interpretations of The Hobbit specific to many of the cultures that have come to know and love Middle-earth. Tolkien's original line drawings, maps, and color paintings are also included, making this the most lavishly informative edition of The Hobbit available.

The Annotated Hobbit shows how J.R.R. Tolkien worked as a writer, what his influences and interest were, and how these relate to the details of Middle-earth. It gives a valuable overview of Tolkien's life and the publishing history of The Hobbit and explains how every feature of the story fits within the rest of Tolkien's invented world. Here we learn how Gollum's character was revised to accomodate the true nature of the OneRing, and we can read the full text of "The Quest of Erebor" (originally published in Unfinished Tales -- ChW), Gandalf's explanation of how he came to send Bilbo Baggins on his journey with the dwarves. Anderson also makes meaningful and often surprising connections to our own world and literature history - from Beowulf to The Marvellous Land of Snergs, from the Brothers Grimm to C.S. Lewis.

description from the front-flap of the book


Anyone volunteering to write a comment? -- Walter

It seems a truly fascinating piece of work - this Annotated Hobbit book! Maybe...IF I'm a "good girl" I'll have the chance to soon write some comments here --LR
It is a fascinating book indeed and if you eventually would send me your new addy you would soon be able to find out for yourself... -- Walter
Then...I was a good girl after all! :P

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