The History of the Hobbit

The History of the Hobbit

Book - 2011 | Revised and expanded one volume edition.
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In one volume for the first time, this revised and updated examination of how J.R.R.Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece ‘The Hobbit’ includes his complete unpublished draft version of the story, together with notes and illustrations by Tolkien himself. For the first time in one volume, The History of the Hobbit presents the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Hobbit, accompanied by John Rateliff's lively and informative account of how the book came to be written and published. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines chapter-by-chapter why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien's ever-growing concept of Middle-earth. The Hobbit was first published on 21 September 1937. Like its successor, The Lord of the Rings, it is a story that grew in the telling, and many characters and story threads in the published text are completely different from what Tolkien first wrote to read aloud to his young sons as part of their fireside reads. As well as reproducing the original version of one of literature's most famous stories, both on its own merits and as the foundation for The Lord of the Rings, this new book includes many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps for The Hobbit by Tolkien himself. Also featured are extensive annotations and commentaries on the date of composition, how Tolkien's professional and early mythological writings influenced the story, the imaginary geography he created, and how Tolkien came to revise the book years after publication to accommodate events in The Lord of the Rings. Like Christopher Tolkien’s The History of The Lord of the Rings before it, this is a thoughtful yet exhaustive examination of one of the most treasured stories in English literature. Long overdue for a classic book now celebrating 75 years in print, this companion edition offers fascinating new insights for those who have grown up with this enchanting tale, and will delight those who are about to enter Bilbo's round door for the first time.
Publisher: London :, HarperCollins Publishers,, 2011.
Edition: Revised and expanded one volume edition.
Branch Call Number: 823.912 TOL
Characteristics: xli, 938 pages, [14] pages of plates :,illustrations, facsimiles ;,23 cm.
Notes: Originally published in Great Britain as a 2 volume set: The history of the Hobbit : Mr. Baggins and The history of the Hobbit : return to Bag-end by HarperCollins Publishers 2007.
Includes bibliographical references and index.

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May 24, 2019

Amazingly researched and both erudite and readable at the same time. Rateliff takes you on Tolkien's own journey in writing The Hobbit through successive reimaginings and revisions, so that you understand how this incredible story ultimately came together. Choices made, abandoned, and repurposed showing the writer at work. Definitely worth the time for the serious reader of Tolkien, though a renewal or two may be in order to get through the entire book!

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