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The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Againby J. R. R. Tolkien
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J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy featuring cover art by Caldecott Honor winning childrens book illustrator Peter Sís, this edition of The Hobbit has been specially formatted for young readers. Larger print size and wider margins provide reading ease for the youngest Tolkien fans. This quality digest edition also includes interior maps and original interior illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien.
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.
Featuring stunning new cover art by children's book illustrator Peter Sis, winner of a Caldecott Honor Award, this edition of The Hobbit has been specially formatted for young readers. Larger print size and wide margins provide reading ease for the youngest Tolkien fans. This quality digest-sized edition also includes interior maps and original interior illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien.
"In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit." So begins one of the most beloved and delightful tales in the English language. Set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth, at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale, The Hobbit is one of literature's most enduring and well-loved novels. Presented in the standard hardcover edition using the author's original jacket design.
From J.R.R. Tolkiens 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. . . . 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.” Featuring stunning new cover art by Caldecott Honor winning childrens book illustrator Peter Sís, this edition of The Hobbit has been specially formatted for young readers. Larger print size and wider margins provide reading ease for the youngest Tolkien fans. This quality digest edition also includes interior maps and original interior illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien.
About the Author
J.R.R. Tolkien (18921973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.Peter Sis is an award-winning children's illustrator, filmmaker and author who grew up in Czechoslovakia and Prague. He studied filmmaking and painting in Prague and London and was sent to the United States in 1982 by the Czech government in order to film the 1984 Olympics, and stayed. Here he began to focus more on his illustration work, and one of his first jobs in America was animating a song for Bob Dylan for MTV. He lives in New York City with his wife Ten-y Lajtha, a documentary-film editor, and their children, who inspire many of his illustrations. His book Starry Messenger — Galileo Galilei was a 1997 Caldecott Honor Book, and has been published in many languages. He has also had nearly 1,000 drawings published in The New York Times Book Review.
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