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The History of the Hobbit, Part Two: Return to Bag-End (The History of the Hobbit #2)

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First published in 1938, The Hobbit is a story that “grew in the telling,” and many characters and events in the published book are completely different from what Tolkien first wrote to read aloud to his young sons as part of their “fireside reads.” For the first time, The History of the Hobbit reproduces the original version of one of literature’s most famous stories, and ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 21st 2007 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published June 18th 2007)
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Kam-Yung Soh
If you're read ""The Hobbit"" and are interested in how the text for the story was developed, this is the book for you.

This book includes the initial manuscripts and revisions to the text done by Tolkien. Rateliff highlights the various changes; some small, some major and some that Tolkien appear to have added without initial planning to resolve plot points as they developed.

Rateliff also shows how Tolkien's interest in philology and his (then unpublished) mythology for Middle-Earth influenced t
This volume covers the last few chapters of the novel as first composed, and then deals with the rather complex post-publication history of the book: the happy accident through which the new version of "Riddles in the Dark" was inserted in the 1949 edition, as well as Tolkien's intensive, but abortive 1960 effort to rewrite the entire novel along the lines of Lord of the Rings, a change which would have not only altered the style, but substantially amplified the content of the earlier novel. How ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This isn't so much a second volume as a second half of Rateliff's book; the first numbered page is 469! So the two really need to be read as a single unit. Having recovered from this discovery, I still enjoyed the detail on Tolkien's construction of the original text of The Hobbit, the subsequent revisions to bring the Gollum episode and other elements better in line with The Lord of the Rings, and finally his abandonment of an attempt to ...more
In the second volume of the The History of the Hobbit, we reach the conclusion to the story and from there, the post-publication changes Tolkien sought to make.

One of the most notable pieces of content this book offer is the exploration of published and unpublished revisions Tolkien considered after the completion of the sequel-that-grew. Notable content of this book is the exploration of the revisions (both published and unpublished) based on writing of The Lord of the Rings . This includes an
A pretty amazing look at the details, sources, and evolution of the Hobbit. You have to be very into the Hobbit to want to plow through all this detail. I happily am.
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Bought this volume as its PRR.100 price tag was a great bargain. Maybe I'll read it someday when I have picked up Volume I too.
Liesl Swardt
Excellent. Wonderful insight into the process of inventing Middle Earth
See The History of the Hobbit Part One: Mr Baggins.
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