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Tolkien THE HOBBIT First Edition Alan Lee

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First Edition, first print Illustrated hardback of THE HOBBIT Or There and Back Again, by J. R. R. Tolkien and illustrated by Alan Lee. Published by HarperCollins Publishers, London. Stated 'This edition published especially for Dealerfield Ltd. in 2000... This edition first published by HarperCollinsPublishers 1997, 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2' on the copyright page. Fully illustrated with watercolour and pencil illustrations by award-winning artist, Alan Lee, Conceptual Designer on Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT: An Unexpected Journey.

The book is in near fine condition (clean illustrated laminated boards - same design as the jacket - with gilt & black lettering on front and red & white lettering on spine) with only slight wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped (minor creasing to the edges, slight moisture stain at the bottom edge inside the jacket but nothing at all drastic). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University from 1925 to 1945 and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature there from 1945 to 1959. He was a close friend of C. S. Lewis—they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 1972.

After his death, Tolkien's son Christopher published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion. These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about a fantasy world called Arda, and Middle-earth within it. Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the term legendarium to the larger part of these writings.

While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre. This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the "father" of modern fantasy literature —or, more precisely, of high fantasy. His books have been translated into over 35 languages and have sold many millions of copies world wide.

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, better known by its abbreviated title The Hobbit was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children's literature.

Alan Lee was born in England in 1947. Inspired by Tolkien's work to pursue his chosen path as an artist of the mythic and fantastic, he has illustrated a wide range of books including Faeries, The Mabinogion, Castles, Merlin Dreams, the centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. He is a winner of the Carnegie Medal for his illustrated edition of The Illiad.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s great classic work, The Hobbit, celebrated its 60th year of publication (1937) with a gorgeous illustrated edition by artist Alan Lee, winner of the Kate Greenaway medal for illustration, and creator of the fabulously successful Centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings.

Containing colour and black & white illustrations depicting key scenes from this all-time classic (scenes such as Gollum and Bilbo, The Wargs, Smaug the Dragon and The Battle of the Five Armies), this beautifully designed volume also includes a wealth of integrated pencil drawings which demonstrate perfectly Alan’s genius at work.

Alan Lee’s work on this book, as well as the illustrated The Lord of the Rings, led to him being approached by Peter Jackson to join the film trilogy as Conceptual Artist. The same artistic vision, present in his beautiful paintings and drawings, played a major role in the look of the films, and his work received the ultimate accolade with an Academy Award for Best Art Direction on The Return of the King.

"A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of The Rings.

Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out onto the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to be asleep ! He was watching the tunnel entrance ...

Whisked from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Although quite reluctant to take part in this quest, Bilbo surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and his skill as a burglar!

Written for JRR Tolkien's own children, The Hobbit met with instant success when published in 1937. Now in 1997, this special new edition, illustrated by Alan Lee, commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of a great classic which has established itself as 'one of the most influential books of our generation'. - The Times

‘Finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls… an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, working up to a devastating climax’ - The Observer

‘A flawless masterpiece’ - The Times

288 pages. illustrated with drawings and colour illustrations throughout.

ISBN: 0 00 761162 5

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