ISBN 9780007503582,A Brief History of the Hobbit

A Brief History of the Hobbit




Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9780007503582

ISBN-10 000750358X


Number of Pages 595 Pages
Language (English)

Literature & Fiction

J. R. R. Tolkiens The Hobbit is a tale that grew in the telling and many character and story threads present in the published book were completely different when Tolkien first read the story to his young sons as part of their fireside reads. A brief history of he hobbit presents that original manuscript version of the hobbit, and this is accompanied by John D. Rateliffs lively and informative commentary, which looks at the story behind Tolkiens tale. As well as recording the numerous changes made both before and after publication, it examines chapter-by-chapter why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkiens ever-growing concept of middle-earth. The original account of where Bilbo meets Gollum and steals the ring from him is reprinted here, as are little-known illustrations and maps that Tolkien produced for his own reference when drafting the story, together with his later attempt to recast the Hobbit into the style of the lord of the rings. This invaluable companion to one of the most treasured stories in English literature offers fascinating new insights to those who have grown up with this enchanting tale and will delight those who are about to enter Bilbos round door for the first time.