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The Annotated Hobbit: The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again (Middle-Earth Universe)

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For readers throughout the world, 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 re
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published 1990 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 1937)
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Lyndi Borthwick
Mar 24, 2016 Lyndi Borthwick rated it liked it
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

This is my review of The Hobbit written by J.R.R Tolkien.

I think the first things I would like to point out about this book is the style of language. Now the language in this book I have realized is more directed for younger audiences so the language is simple minded and quite old fashioned like the language you would experience in a children’s fairy tale book which you could say This tale of The Hobbit is a fairy tale in a sense. The language in itself is between ol
Jun 02, 2012 Peter added it
I didn’t remember The Hobbit being so directed towards children. That’s probably because I last experienced it as a child. I listened to it then on audiobook, and I only had vague recollections of it: the battle with Smaug, flashes of dragon scales and great archers.

But what’s remarkable now is having read Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Canterbury Tales, and other texts written in or about Old and Middle English. And reading The Hobbit in their context--and reading the excellent a
Amy (Other Amy)
What Tolkien had described [in the prologue to The Lord of the Rings] is the scenario for the first edition of The Hobbit; and the statement that "this is not the story as Bilbo first told it to his companions" contradicts the statement given here, that Bilbo "sat down and told them everything, except about the finding of the ring," and the statement given later (in the spiders episode), that the dwarves, after hearing about the ring, insist on "having the Gollum story, riddles and all, told ove ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, for-class
The Annotated Hobbit is a really great edition of the book for fans of Tolkien, or anyone studying Tolkien's work. It's full of useful annotations, including the references to Tolkien's sources and inspiration, and the history of corrections to the book (particularly the ones bringing it in line with the Lord of the Rings geography and canon). It also contains a lot of illustrations from different editions of the book, including Tolkien's own -- most in black and white, but with an insert in ful ...more
Nina Rapsodia
Jan 17, 2016 Nina Rapsodia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Cultura general
Notas a considerar (prereseña)

Básicamente tenía mi ejemplar de lujo de El Hobbit muerto de risa en mi estantería hace unos dos años. Antes de salir a la primera película (las cuales considero alargadas e innecesarias) había pensado leerlo pero vi la primera parte antes de leerlo y fue muy mala idea. Fallé a mi rígida norma de leer los libros antes de ver las adaptaciones así que este año no podía pasar. Entre varios bloggeros organizamos una lectura conjunta y fuimos 15 hobbits aventurándose en
May 06, 2013 Snowhitememoir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beloved-books
Per prima cosa devo dire che il mio consiglio è di preferire l'edizione de "Lo Hobbit annotato" aggiornato nel testo, ampliato e completamente rivisto nel 2002 dalla società tolkeniana italiana, ricco di appendici e annotazioni straordinarie. Molte altre edizioni sono scritte con la prima (talora discutibile) traduzione italiana, infatti molte parole e nomi nella vecchia versione cambiano: «Smaug» è storpiato in «Smog»; i «Troll» sono noti come «Uomini Neri»; «Sting» è tradotto con «Pungiglione» ...more
M.G. Bianco
Aug 10, 2013 M.G. Bianco rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
My second reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Man, what a great book. Awhile back I read part of an article/essay in which the author argues that Tolkien is creating, throughout the book, a constant tension between Bilbo the adventurer and Bilbo the lover of home. He is a veritable cross between Achilles and Odysseus.

As I read through the story this time, I noticed what the author was getting at. Bilbo's Tookish side, his love for adventure, makes him brave to enter Smaug's lair. Bilbo's Bag
Dan Koboldt
Jan 15, 2016 Dan Koboldt rated it it was amazing
This is one of the favorite books from my childhood. The notes and illustrations by Anderson provide a fascinating view of Tolkien's influences when he was writing The Hobbit, and let fans of that incredible story delve deeper into the world of Middle-earth.

But not too deep. We all know what happens when you do that.
May 02, 2015 Sinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Çok ciddi aşırı akademik bir versiyon, farklı yıllardaki farklı basımların çizimleri var çok güzel, kitabı normal versiyondan okuduktan sonra buna bakmak lazım çünkü açıklamalarda spoiler var, o biraz talihsiz olmuş. ama çogüzel.
Madison T
Feb 08, 2016 Madison T rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads
I have had so many people tell me to READ this book. (The Hobbit Or There And Back Again) And finally, I have! :) Here are my thoughts on it!!

"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
Jan 17, 2016 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I finished this today after about a ten week pause.

I think this is probably the third time I've read the Hobbit, once as a really young child, once in my teens, and now, in my late twenties. It's the first time reading the annotated version which did have some interesting facts but is probably more suitable for huge Tolkien fans. I like Tolkien, don't get me wrong, many books (that I might enjoy a tiny little bit more) would not have been written without his inspiration. I do have to say tha
Questa che io possiedo è la versione annotata de Lo Hobbit pubblicata da Mondolibri nel lontano 2003, mentre nelle sale usciva l'ultimo film della trilogia del Signore degli Anelli. La sua unica pecca è di essere scritto con la prima traduzione che fu fatta del libro, in un modo assai discutibile, dove "Smaug" è diventato inspiegabilmente "Smog", i "Troll" diventano gli "Uomini Neri", "Sting", anziché essere "Pungolo", è tradotto con "Pungiglione", e "Carrock" diventa "Carroccia". Per non parlar ...more
I still remember the first time I read The Hobbit, how completely I was swept away into the world Tolkien had created. Lost, gone, had to struggle to come back to reality--it was beyond almost anything I had previously experienced by simply reading a book. The remarkable thing is that the magic and wonder of it has never dimmed for me through all the years of re-reading. As an adult, I find the depth and scope of his writing truly amazing, dealing with epic issues such as good & evil, sacrif ...more
Michael N
Dec 17, 2013 Michael N rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this edition of The Hobbit. Previously, I'd read the paperback edition with the John Howe cover, most recently when I was in grade 3 (Obviously, It's been awhile). So, my memory of The Hobbit really influenced my re-reading. I almost didn't remember entire sections, and I'm pretty sure I didn't finish the book when I was younger, because I didn't remember the great exchange between Smaug and Bilbo. Interestingly, all the sections that I remember being utterly sleep-inducing as ...more
Sandra | Büchernische
Vor 120 Jahren wurde ein Autor geboren, der mit seinem Lebenswerk den Grundstein des Fantasygenres gelegt hat. Ich spreche von John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Professor für englische & altenglische Sprache und Literatur in Großbritannien und Autor eines der berühmtesten literarischen Werke aller Zeiten: die Geschichten rund um Mittelerde, die Geschichte des Rings und eines kleinen Hobbits namens Bilbo Beutlin. Vor 75 Jahren erschien sein für Kinder angedachtes Buch über die Abenteuer des Bilbo Be ...more
Bram Vandenbussche
I find it very difficult to write a review for The Hobbit. I've read this book a few times back in my teenage years and I remember being quite fond of it. Therefor it's an integral part of my Childhood Memories and it's linked to all forms of nostalgia. Having recently seen part II of the movie, it struck me that I needed to revisit the book again, mostly because the differences between the movie and my memories were to vast and I wanted some clarity on the matter.

Now that I've finished the book
Evangeline Jerris lafleur
Jan 03, 2013 Evangeline Jerris lafleur rated it really liked it
This specific edition is very attractive and is a decent size hard cover.It has side notes on every page and artwork people made in reference to the hobbit throughout the book. I definitely recommend it. As for the book itself, i love it! This book is the backstory of bilbo's adventures, and how he obtained the ring. I recommend reading The Hobbit before going into the Lord of the Rings trilogy. readers, you will be in for a real treat. This book has adventure, hobbits, elves, trolls, orks (i mi ...more
L'unico consiglio che posso dare in primis è quello di rileggere questo libro, e di farlo soprattutto con questa versione annotata.

È forse un libro con un tono un po' fastidioso, lo stesso Tolkien lo pensò a posteriori, ma ci sono tanti elementi che si distinguono: l'amore dell'autore per la letteratura medievale e soprattutto le favole. E non si è mai grandi per una buona favola.

Tolkien scrive di verità: scrive di terra e di alberi. Ma scrive anche di amicizia.
Non si può fare una recensione ad
Mar 20, 2015 Ayça rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
kesinlikle harika olmus. cizimler baslica muhtesem, renkli cizimlerin eklenmesi, cizimlerin hikayeleri hatta hobbitin yazimindaki esin kaynaklarina, karakterlerin isimlerinin farkli anlamlarina kadar her seyin belirtilmesi kitabi bambaska yapmis.
«Sei una bravissima persona, signor Baggins, e io ti sono molto affezionato; ma in fondo
sei solo una piccola creatura in un mondo molto vasto!».
«Grazie al cielo!» disse Bilbo ridendo, e gli porse la borsa del tabacco.

Buon Dio quanto odio questo libro.
Francesco Scarlata
E' il giusto inizio per prendere confidenza con Tolkien. C'è tutto quello che si può desiderare di trovare in un racconto fantasy: mistero, azione, creature fantastiche, draghi, tesori, mappe da decifrare... davvero un miscuglio congegnato in modo splendido. E poi, per chi già conosce l'autore, è piacevole spulciare fra le righe e trovare i riferimenti alla mitologia interna, al complesso mondo che nel Signore degli Anelli troverà la massima espressione e che negli scritti del Silmarillion aveva ...more
Jun 26, 2011 George rated it it was amazing
I've reread this fairy tale three or four times now. It was one of the first full length books I remember reading as a kid and thus it will always occupy a sacred spot in my literary pantheon. I was struck this time around not just by the brilliance of the story and the compelling protagonist -- an unlikely hero in every way and rather like Hitchock's "ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances" -- but also by how incredibly well-written it is.

Take for example this description of the enraged d
Apr 16, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Anyone who would be looking up the Annotated Hobbit, has probably read the un-annotated Hobbit. So I'll keep the story review extremely short and just go for the annotations and extra bits that come with this edition.
Story Review -
It's awesome. Not the best Tolkien has to offer but it's lovely and a great introduction to the world that is fully expounded upon in the rest of his work, most especially of course the Lord of the Rings.
That part done with let's move on to the annotations and extra's
Jen Cragen (MKmaineknitter)
In this book, J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit is expanded with commentary, notes, poetry, and other interesting articles of Tolkien's by Douglas A. Anderson. This changes the size of the book from a regular paperback to a regular text book size. The additional information is awesome to know and sheds new light on the original text.

I especially liked the poetry that can only be found in this book, the Bimble Town poems. My favorite was "Glip" who is a scavenger foreshadow of Gollum in a way. I think h
Nov 16, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tolkien
Any Tolkien enthusiast will love this book. It is fascinating to learn about some of Tolkien’s influences such as E. A. Wyke-Smith’s The Marvelous Land of Snergs. Also interesting was learning about the geographical influence of Tolkien’s 1911 walking tour of Switzerland. I loved all of the relevant access to Tolkien’s letters and poetry. This quote from Tolkien about Disney made me laugh out loud: “I recognize his talent, but it has always seemed to me hopelessly corrupted. Though in most of th ...more
Non spetta certo a me dare giudizi su un maestro della letteratura fantasy come è Tolkien, mi limiterò quindi a fare alcune riflessioni da profana, in quanto questo è il primo suo libro che leggo. Quello che mi ha sempre affascinato di lui, vedendo i film tratti dalle sue opere, è la sua capacità di inventare dal nulla un intero mondo con i suoi popoli, ognuno dei quali con una sua lingua, la sua geografia, la sua mitologia e la sua propria storia. Ho voluto quindi avvicinarmi alla sua produzion ...more
Apr 16, 2014 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es mi bebé. Me lo regalaron porque mi edición de bolsillo estaba ya rota y con páginas medio sueltas de tanto leerlo. Esta edición de El Hobbit Anotado merece muchísimo la pena, todas las anotaciones son perfectas para los fans de Tolkien, y como epílogo hay un relato breve de cómo Gandalf encuentra la llave y cómo decide ayudar a Thorin y su compañía y cómo escoge a Bilbo para que sea el catorceavo miembro. Una reliquia!
Sep 06, 2013 Nighteye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: intrested in the background and changes made in the Hobbit
Shelves: favorites
It's a great book telling all the small difference that Tolkien added or took away to make the story fit better into the Lord of the Rings mythology he created.
It fits perfect to read before the film and as soon as I don't neglected the book as I did a lot in the beginning for more interesting books I discovered I found out that I after all did get into the story even if all the small notes irritated me because they stopped me to get a flow in the text.

Most intressting for me was in the appendix
Julie Davis
Dec 07, 2012 Julie Davis rated it really liked it
All right, I admit I looked through this quickly, stopping to read whenever the author was NOT giving the original text of the story in the sidebar. Although it is interesting that the original story was retooled to give it more links with The Lord of the Rings, once it became clear that Tolkien was writing something on a larger scale ... as I say, that is interesting but I don't care to read the original.

What this book did, though, was awaken my respect for Tolkien as an artist and illustrator.
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan
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Middle-Earth Universe (1 - 10 of 23 books)
  • The Hobbit
  • The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
  • The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
  • The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
  • The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)
  • Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth
  • The Children of Húrin
  • The Book of Lost Tales, Part One (The History of Middle-Earth, #1)
  • The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two (The History of Middle-Earth, #2)
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“Farewell," they cried, "Wherever you fare till your eyries receive you at the journey's end!" That is the polite thing to say among eagles.

"May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks," answered Gandalf, who knew the correct reply.”
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