J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
In time for the release of the second installment in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy comes Tolkien scholar Douglas A. Anderson's The Annotated Hobbit: Revised and Expanded Edition. Anderson has incorporated much new information unearthed since the book first appeared in 1988. National author tour. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Honoring the 50th anniversary of the U.S. publication of The Hobbit, this edition offers more than the expected annotation of names, chronology, sources, and commentary (although literary criticism and cross-references to Lord of the Rings are limited). There is a fine introduction to the book's inception and reception, a rune-key, both primary and secondary bibliographies, a wealth of black-and-white illustrations from foreign editions and from Tolkien's own hand, and an appendix detailing all text revisions in the many U.S. and English editions. Though there are omissions (e.g., the Biblical and other traditional English sources for Tolkien's prose style), the scholar and general reader alike should find this commemorative edition both instructive and pleasing. Patricia Dooley, Lib. Sch., Univ. of Washington, Seattle
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