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The Annotated Hobbit

(Middle-earth Universe)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  3,884 ratings  ·  308 reviews
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.
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Hardcover, Revised, Expanded, 416 pages
Published September 9th 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Hilary I totally agree. The Hobbit was the first book of Tolkiens world that I read and then I continued to LOTR. I think its a masterpiece and a wonderful…moreI totally agree. The Hobbit was the first book of Tolkiens world that I read and then I continued to LOTR. I think its a masterpiece and a wonderful place to start when exploring the world of Tolkien. Whenever someone asks me 'which book should I read first?' I will always say The Hobbit and then LOTR. I do think it sets the world up pretty well :D And it is so much fun and enjoyable :D(less)
Hilary The blurb will tell you some information but this is also a very good source:

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Shaina
I have several versions of The Hobbit. Before the movies came out, I got this one. I read every annotation and looked at every picture and read every little footnote. I loved this. It was great. It would give you things like little insights on why JRR included certain things or what he meant when he used a certain word or what a cover in an edition in Germany looked like. It might tell you other information that would link to a character in later books, tales, or appendices if you wanted to go ...more
Lyndi
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Peter
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
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Nikki
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-class, fantasy
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 ...more
Tara
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For a Tolkien nerd like me, its hard to improve upon the original, but this book does a wonderful job of providing just enough behind-the-scenes information to be interesting, but not too much to be overwhelming and tedious. The most interesting aspect in my opinion is the various illustrations from places all over the planet, including Russia, Japan, Romania, and Estonia, just to name a few. Somehow their individual cultures come through on the pages, even though they are drawing inspiration ...more
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 ...more
Zachary F.
The thing a lot of readers don't get about The Hobbit--the thing Peter Jackson most certainly and extravagantly does not get, if his recent films are any indication--is that, while this is an adventure story in the truest sense, it is not an action story. Bilbo--like that archetypal adventurer Odysseus--is a hero of the wits, not a warrior, and he makes far more frequent use of his mind and his tongue than of his sword. The most memorable scenes, after all (the riddle game, the trolls, the ...more
Matthew Bianco
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dan Koboldt
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rob
Jun 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
The Hobbit, according to Holden:



(Annotated version on Flickr.)
Katherine
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, ...more
Thom
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-kids, fiction
Read aloud; chose the annotated version for the variety of pictures and (for me anyways) the added info in the footnotes. Probably my 5th reading of this book. What can one say that hasn't been said? This is a classic in every sense of the word. Regarding the upcoming movie, I can't wait to see who plays Beorn.
Carolyn
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I have always loved The Hobbit. This annotated edition of the classic takes Biblo's adventure to another level. Insightful anecdotes heighten the story to more than just plot, more than just a fun narration. Wonderful.
Madison T
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bram
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
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Alicia
Aug 21, 2015 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
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Evangeline Jerris lafleur
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 ...more
Julie Davis
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Pilar
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this edition:
-the format of the pages, two-column form in which the text appears on the left, and, on the right, notes and most of the illustrations.
-two appendices: - The Quest of Erebor and On Runes
-A good bibliography

It is a real treat to read this edition. I recommend it.
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
The best version of THE HOBBIT in print!
Carolyn
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Useful and fascinating annotations and illustrations included to bolster the already wonderful experience of reading The Hobbit.
Ahimsa
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for Tolkien fans that is full of fascinating trivia and an assortment of art. Many of the annotations tend to the banal, it's true, but there is a wealth of information regardless.
I enjoyed reading this behind-the-scenes almost as much as reading the book itself!
Kt
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michael N
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
George
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mike
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Shaina
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have several versions of The Hobbit. Before the movies came out, I got this one. I read every annotation and looked at every picture and read every little footnote. I loved this. It was great. It would give you things like little insights on why JRR included certain things or what he meant when he used a certain word or what a cover in an edition in Germany looked like. It might tell you other information that would link to a character in later books, tales, or appendices if you wanted to go ...more
David
I’m not going to bother with a summary or anything, because most people in the English literary world today have at least a passing knowledge of Tolkein. If not, read this. Up until now I hadn’t actually read The Hobbit. I read LOTR some years ago, but had yet to read this. Being a fan of fantasy, I was somewhat ashamed of this. So now I have. And now I see it. It’s delightful the entire time, and has fun action and is the perfect adventure story. But what makes it really good is that there are ...more
Jenny Staller
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of the annotations of this edition are unnecessary for all but the most diehard Tolkien fans (for example, most people don't care that a single word was changed in a sentence from one draft to the next), and reading the footnotes does interupt the flow of reading the novel, so I wouldn't recommend this as somebody's introduction to The Hobbit. That being said, the footnotes about Tolkien's writing process and his inspirations for characters/plot points was really interesting. The selling ...more
Nighteye
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: intrested in the background and changes made in the Hobbit
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
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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
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Middle-earth Universe (1 - 10 of 26 books)
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  • 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
  • Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth
  • The Children of Húrin
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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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