As any fervent Tolkien-fan knows, or as lay-readers will discover, there have been multiple editions of The Hobbit. Douglas Anderson's annotated version provides notes and quotes from the original text & later editions, linguistic information, and the "back-story" of "The Hobbit" through Tolkien's letters, notes, and interviews. Conveniently numbered within the text, annotations have been placed within wide margins. The center features a collection of full-color plates that show Tolkien's full-color illustrations, maps from his early manuscripts, sketches, and illustrations by other artists; reduced-size black and white illustrations by Tolkien and others are also integrated throughout the text, along with explanatory notes on their origin. Previously published for the fiftieth anniversary in 1988, this completely revised and expanded edition has every section revised, updated, and re-written, but with slight adjustments in content and arrangement (e.g. moving appendix notes into primary annotations). 399 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. 9.75" x 7.75".
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.
Newly expanded and completely redesigned, Douglas A. Anderson's The Annotated Hobbit is the definitive explication of the sources, characters, places, and things of J.R.R. Tolkien's timeless classic. Integrated with Anderson's notes and placed alongside the fully restored and corrected text of the original story are more than 150 illustrations showing visual interpretations of The Hobbit specific to many of the cultures that have come to know and love Tolkien's Middle-earth. Tolkien's original line drawings, maps and color paintings are also included, making this the most lavishly informative edition of The Hobbit available.
The Annotated Hobbit shows how Tolkien worked as a writer, what his influences and interests were, and how these relate to the invented world of Middle-earth. It gives a valuable overview of Tolkien's life and the publishing history of The Hobbit, and explains how every feature of The Hobbit fits within the rest of Tolkien's invented world. Here we learn how Gollum's character was revised to accommodate the true nature of the One Ring, and we can read the full text of The Quest of Erebor, Gandalf's explanation of how he came to send Bilbo Baggins on his journey with the dwarves. Anderson also makes meaningful and often surprising connections to our own world and literary history -- from Beowulf to The Marvellous Land of Snergs, from the Brothers Grimm to C. S. Lewis.
Not only fascinating, but useful. It makes of The Hobbit a kind of Tolkien handbook.
The Washington Post
Hobbit fans will treasure it.
The Denver Post
Hobbit fans will treasure it.