The Hobbit Paperback – Aug 7 2006
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"First published in the United States more than sixty years ago, J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit" has become one of the best-loved books of all time. Tolkien's fantasy was then adapted into a fully painted graphic novel, which became a classic in its own right...
The enchanted prelude to The Lord of the Rings, "The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a quiet and contented hobbit whose life is turned upside down when he joins the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim stolen treasure. It is a journey fraught with danger--and in the end it is bilbo Baggins alone who must face the guardian of this treasure, the most dreaded dragon in all Middle-earth. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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irst published over 50 years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' has become one of the best-loved books of all time. Now Tolkien's fantasy classic has been adapted into a fully painted graphic novel.
'The Hobbit' is the story of Bilbo Baggins…a quiet and contented hobbit whose life is turned upside down when he joins the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim the dwarves' stolen treasure. It is a journey fraught with danger – and in the end it is Bilbo alone who must face the guardian of this treasure, the most-dreaded dragon Smaug.
Illustrated in full colour throughout, and accompanied by the carefully abridged text of the original novel, this handsome authorised edition will introduce new generations to a magical masterpiece – and be treasured by Hobbit fans of all ages, everywhere.See all Product Description
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I have been enamored of Tolkien's universe for over three decades now, and interested in associated works as well, though some work better than others. This one-volume illustrated adaptation of the novel works very well indeed. What I'm probably most grateful for is that, while not a verbatim transcript, it is a fairly complete adapatation -- even Beorn is here! As for artwork, I always measure Tolkien art by the depiction of the hobbits, and Gandalf, and Wenzel does a fine job IMO. (His pictures are quite different from the cover art.) The hobbits aren't the best I've ever seen, but they're not freakish either, and the dwarves and Gandalf and the elves and the settings are all quite nice.
This would be of interest to a Tolkien collector, a fun read for graphic novel fans, and a nice introduction to the Tolkien canon for wee folk.
Note: I believe there is also a three-volume graphic novel though I haven't seen it. This edition is complete in one volume.
I bought this expecting to love reliving the Hobbit in a visual format. But that didn't happen. This adaption is just flat and missing so much of the magic Tolkien created. I suppose that's a given when you replace so much of his expertly crafted words with pictures.
If nothing else, read the standard version of the Hobbit first before trying this. Reading this first will just spoil what a great book the Hobbit is.
This magical story starts of telling you about Bilbo and his hobbit-hole (I had to put down the book for a while, I will admit.... don't do it though... once you get past that part it gets much better). He, a wizard (Gandalf) and 12 dwarves set off for a great adventure to defeat the great Dragon Smaug and get back the treasure he once stole from the town of Dale. They all will get an equal share once they find it. Along the way they meet:
-and many other things
What a fantastic story. A MUST read. After this you must also read The Lord of the Rings Series. Here's the order:
-The Fellowship of the Ring
-The Two Towers
-The Return of the King
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These words are found on the back of the graphic novel's cover, and I'm glad that's all they say about the possible quality of the book. Thankfully, the graphic novel isn't praised to be as equally good as the actual book, because while it is indeed good, it doesn't compare to Tolkien's early literary masterpiece.
I'm not familiar with American graphic novels (Japanese manga is more my trade), so I can't fairly compare this graphic novel to other graphic novels. However, I can say that this book does make use of the term "graphic novel": it runs somewhat like a comic book, using pictures, and is occasionally filled with excerpts of storytelling from the original book. So it's not really a comic book, and it's definately not a novel, so it most likely really is a graphic novel, but I really can't say for sure.
The artwork of "The Hobbit" graphic novel is like everything else that's been used with the Middle-Earth licence: some will like it, some will hate it. The color scheme reminds me of an oil painting and the character designs appear somewhat "old-school," although some people won't have any trouble with that style. To my knowledge, all of the story of "The Hobbit" is in the graphic novel, but expect some scenes to be condensed. The pacing can be a little off, and sometimes things just happen out of the blue.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Bought this to read to my children (4 and 7) and they love it. It captures the essence of the book, and serves as a great introduction to the world of Middle Earth.Published 23 months ago by Josh Doyle
This was a great hit with my 8 year old grandson - he did not want to put it down. He also really liked the CD set with the American dramatization and now chooses the book for... Read morePublished on May 22 2013 by judith e
I was more amazed when I actually saw it with my own eyes. A must have.Published on Nov. 18 2009 by Jay
The Hobbit is a good book! The writing style was excellent, and there was enough going for it to keep any reader interested. Read morePublished on July 18 2004
The book was amazing, it is a must read. I would would recommend the book for any skill level of reading. The adventures are imaginitive and in detail. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2003 by jimmy