This lavish gift edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic features cover art, illustrations, and watercolor paintings by the artist Alan Lee. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. Written for J.R.R. Tolkien's own children, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies worldwide and established itself as a modern classic.
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The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again
A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings, with an iconic cover inspired by Tolkien’s designs.The Hobbit: Deluxe Pocket Edition
The Hobbit: Deluxe Pocket Edition
This charming deluxe pocket-sized edition contains the complete unabridged text and features a beautiful leatherette cover and gilt-edging. The perfect gift for little Hobbits everywhere!Hobbit Illustrated Edition
Hobbit Illustrated Edition
A beautiful gift edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's enchanting tale, fully illustrated by Jemima Catlin.Hobbit 75th Anniversary Edition
Hobbit 75th Anniversary Edition
This deluxe hardcover edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy contains a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien’s own drawings and full-color illustrations, including the rare “Mirkwood” piece.Hobbit Young Reader’s Edition
Hobbit Young Reader’s Edition
The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001).Hobbit Collector’s Edition
Hobbit Collector’s Edition
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 colors, in addition to Thror's map -- all prepared by the author.Review:
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."
The hobbit-hole in question belongs to one Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of a "little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves." He is, like most of his kind, well off, well fed, and best pleased when sitting by his own fire with a pipe, a glass of good beer, and a meal to look forward to. Certainly this particular hobbit is the last person one would expect to see set off on a hazardous journey; indeed, when Gandalf the Grey stops by one morning, "looking for someone to share in an adventure," Baggins fervently wishes the wizard elsewhere. No such luck, however; soon 13 fortune-seeking dwarves have arrived on the hobbit's doorstep in search of a burglar, and before he can even grab his hat or an umbrella, Bilbo Baggins is swept out his door and into a dangerous adventure.
The dwarves' goal is to return to their ancestral home in the Lonely Mountains and reclaim a stolen fortune from the dragon Smaug. Along the way, they and their reluctant companion meet giant spiders, hostile elves, ravening wolves--and, most perilous of all, a subterranean creature named Gollum from whom Bilbo wins a magical ring in a riddling contest. It is from this life-or-death game in the dark that J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, would eventually spring. Though The Hobbit is lighter in tone than the trilogy that follows, it has, like Bilbo Baggins himself, unexpected iron at its core. Don't be fooled by its fairy-tale demeanor; this is very much a story for adults, though older children will enjoy it, too. By the time Bilbo returns to his comfortable hobbit-hole, he is a different person altogether, well primed for the bigger adventures to come--and so is the reader. --Alix Wilber
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Book Description Harper Collins, 1997. Book Condition: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0007611625I3N00
Book Description Harper Collins, 1997. Glazed Pictorial Boards. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Alan Lee (illustrator). 8vo. 291 pages, dedication to previous owner to fep. Bookseller Inventory # 007939
Book Description HarperCollins, London, 1997. Alan Lee (illustrator). 2nd Impression. HB + DW, 299 pages, in Fine + Fine condition. For International Customers, please note : The packaged weight of this book is over 1.25kg and additional postage will be payable. Please email for details if required. We do not charge for packaging. Bookseller Inventory # 57348
Book Description Harper Collins, London, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Lee, Alan (illustrator). In clean, bright condition with a similar dust jacket, contents unmarked, first illustrated edition in this format Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 055543
Book Description Harper Collins, London, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Alan Lee (illustrator). 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. First illustrated edition second printing from 2001. Book is tight clean and square. Illustrated boards sharp and clean, gilt perfect. Feels lightly read. and very nice in the hand, fine condition. Jacket some very minor crimping to top edge, overall near fine This copy is not ex-lib, not priced clipped and has no inscriptions. For grading accuracy books are photographed without a protective book cover. This book is fitted with a non adhesive archival quality book protector to make a quality addition to your collection. Note we do not use stock images, the book pictured is the book described. Please note : this book is very heavy (1400g) all overseas purchasers will be charged additional shipping. Please contact bookseller for exact price. A very nice example of this collectible illustrated edition of the classic Hobbit tale. Illustrated by Alan Lee, with many colour plates and black and white illustrations. To browse the rest of our extensive Tolkien listings search using the keyword: Durdjrrt. Bookseller Inventory # 002223
Book Description DEALERFIELD LTD/HARPERCOLLINS, LONDON, 2000. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. ALAN LEE (illustrator). REPRINT. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Large format hard cover. Illustrated boards with matching dust jacket art. Split/tear on bottom corner of the front of the DJ. Small tears on top edge of DJ spine. Slight wear on other edges of DJ. Not price clipped. Clean, tight pages. Strong binding. No inscriptions. Colour and black and white illustrations by Alan Lee. Bookseller Inventory # 012674
Book Description Published specially for Dealerfield Ltd, by HarperCollins, London, 2000. , ix, 288 pages, with illustrations throughout, in both colour and black & white First Dealerfield Edition , book in near fine condition , dust wrapper in very good condition , laminated pictorial hardcover 25.5 x 19.5 cm Hardback ISBN: 0007611625. Bookseller Inventory # 61531
Book Description Harper Collins, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Illustrated Edition. 2000 Harper Collins Hardcover 1st Edition 1st Impression. Fine copy with Wonderful Jacket design & illustrations by Alan Lee. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-15655979517