From the Publisher
Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire
to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard
Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his
services - as a burglar - on a dangerous expedition to raid the
treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo''s life is never to be
the same again.
Seldom has any book been so widely read and loved as JRR
Tolkien''s classic tale, The Hobbit. Since its first
publication in 1937 it has remained in print to delight each new
generation of readers all over the world, and its hero, Bilbo
Baggins, has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals:
Alice, Pooh, toad.
- Definitive 50th anniversary text
- Original jacket designs by Tolkien
- Matte covers, French flaps, rough cut pages and 2-colour
About the Author
A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits. Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as attested to by, among other works, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse:English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Hos latest work, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, was never before published. It was written while Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford during the 1920's and 1930's before The Lord of the Rings.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: October 25, 2010
Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0007887701
ISBN - 13: 9780007887705