The Hobbit became an instant success when it was first published in 1937, and 75 years later Tolkien’s epic tale of elves, dwarves, trolls, goblins, myth, magic and adventure, with its reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins, has lost none of its appeal. Now, for the first time, the classic hardback edition is available in a one-off special pocket-sized edition.
To be honest I had expected a truly nice and spectacular edition to be released this year, but all we receive are some film tie-in editions and a paperback 75th anniversary edition, which I hope to review in an article real soon. Still with the announcement of Tolkien week, something I had not heard about before in the many years of being a Tolkien fan, I thought it was nice to once again show this anniversary edition of The Hobbit, not only because I like the edition but especially to make a little contribution to all the festivities.
In the end in a few days we celebrate both the anniversary of Bilbo and Frodo and in one go 75 years of The Hobbit. Amazing that a book can be still so attractive and reach massive audience after such a mature age! I have just finished reading The Hobbit out loud to my kids and I have probably enjoyed it as much as my children. It is truly a book that is meant to be read to children and while this is once again a new generation, it touches them and takes them on a journey, opens up a brand new world, give them a glance of fairy and magic,... truly The Hobbit was the beginning of high fantasy!
Featuring the distinctive cover illustration painted by Tolkien himself, plus his own drawings in the book, this edition will be the perfect gift for little Hobbits everywhere!
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