The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (1973, Hardcover, Collector's)
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|Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, is a peaceful sort who lives in a cozy hole in the Shire, a place where adventures are uncommon - and rather unwanted. So when the wizard Gandalf whisks him away on a treasure-hunting expedition with a troop of rowdy dwarves, he's not entirely thrilled. Encountering ruthless trolls, beastly orcs, gigantic spiders, and hungry wolves, Bilbo discovers within himself astonishing strength and courage. And at the ultimate confrontation with the fearsome dragon Smaug, the hobbit will brave the dangers of the dark and dragon fire alone and unaided.|
This deluxe collector's edition of Tolkien's modern classic is boxed and bound in green leatherette with gold and red foil rune stamping on the spine and cover. The text pages are printed in black with green accents. It includes five full page illustrations in full color and many more in two color in addition to Thror's map -- all prepared by the author. J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition: "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 and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) -- if you do not already know all about these things -- much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period. For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnifi¢ and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise."
|Author||J. R. R. Tolkien|
|Number Of Pages||320 pages|
|Publisher||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company|
|Group||Young Adult Audience|
|Grade From||Seventh Grade|
|"A flawless masterpiece."|
"All those, young or old, who love a finely imagined story, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts." Horn Book Guide "A flawless masterpiece." The Times of London
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- rumple09Feb 6, 2006by
A classic for all ages, get it for sure!
This hardcover collector's edition Hobbit is very beautiful and a pleasure just to look at on your shelf.<br><br>If you are one of the minority who have not read this treasured tale, you must get this book in some form. I'd say borrow it fromthe library, but save yourself a trip and purchase it. It is a story you will want to share with your kids and may revisit yourself in the future.<br><br>The story is a classic and suitable for any age. The timeless tale of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit of the Shire, who sets out on an adventure with a wizard and band of racous dwarves to become worldly, wise and one of the most important people in all of Middle-Earth. There is much great adventure within the covers of this book and you will be taken away to a much more majestic world with fantastic creatures and events.<br><br>Tolkien is truly a master of the tale and has created a beautiful world, with incredibly complex characters, beautiful languages, rituals and grandeur. To look at the work alone is amazing at the amount of energy adn brilliance needed to create such a fantastic masterpiece.Read full review
- lsknee12Feb 8, 2015by
Absolute love this book! The first time I read The Hobbit, it was this special version of it. The book is incredible (and the movies do a nice job capturing the essence of the book). A great read!
- hagrangerFeb 7, 2014by
Great gift for Hobbit readers
One roof the nicer editions of Tolkien 's The Hobbit. A nicely bound edition with sleepover. Ideal to give as a gift. This was purchased as a gift. A nice collector edition.
- dfbalshukat65Feb 8, 2013by
The joy of reading fine books.
The collector's edition of The Hobbitt bu J.R.R. Tolkien is a wonderful addition to my slowly expanding library of unique books. I do not have many slipcase editions so this book is particularly special. One of the things I really love about it are the original Tolkein illustrations. It came to me, as advertised, sealed in the original plastic. I could not wait to open it up, smell the leather, feel the beautiful paper between my fingers . . . a purist may say that I ruined it, but I am not a purist; I am a reader.
- sweethots17Oct 29, 2012by
A Timeless Book And Journey For Many Years To Come
I love this book because I'm a HUGE FAN of fantasy<br>and J. R. R. Tolkien..It is also great reading for all<br>ages from very young to 100 years plus..This book<br>will take take you on an incredible journey that has<br>a wonderful meaning of what true friends are really<br>all about..Once you pick it up and read the first page,<br>it will be hard to put it down until you read all of it.<br>Then, you will tell all of your friends and this makes<br>you want to read it all over again..A truly timeless book<br>that will be read for many years to come and then some.