THE HOBBIT
First published on September 21, 1937, by George Allen & Unwin.

"A finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls ... an exciting epic of travel and magical adventure, all working up to a devastating climax."

~ London Observer

"A flawless masterpiece."

~ The Times

"All those, young or old, who love a finely imagined story, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts."

~ Horn Book Guide

What better introduction to "The Hobbit" can we offer than than that of the author himself?

"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. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. 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. 'For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise.'"

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

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  • You will find all the currently available US and UK editions of "The Hobbit" listed below. Out-of-print editions are not listed.
  • Learn more about "The Hobbit," by reading the 'Wikipedia Entry' for this book.

HARDCOVER EDITIONS

'HARDCOVER' EDITION: ILLUSTRATED BY ALAN LEE
This Large-format edition was released to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of "The Hobbit." Features outstanding watercolor paintings and line drawings throughout by Alan Lee.

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-395-87346-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-395-87346-5
  • Bindery: Large-Format 'Hardcover'

'HARDCOVER' EDITION: ILLUSTRATED BY ALAN LEE
This Large-format edition was released to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of "The Hobbit." Features outstanding watercolor paintings and line drawings throughout by Alan Lee.

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-261-10330-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-261-10330-6
  • Bindery: Large-Format 'Hardcover'

'HARDCOVER' EDITION: ILLUSTRATED BY MICHAEL HAGUE
Noted artist Michael Hague, whose work is reminiscent of illustrated books of the early 1900s, provides 48 full-color plates for this edition.

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-395-36290-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-395-36290-7
  • Bindery: Large-Format 'Hardcover'

'DELUXE' 'SLIPCASED' 'HARDCOVER' EDITION
Quarter-bound in cloth and leather, and set in a cloth-bound slipcase, this elegante deluxe edition of "The Hobbit" also features the definitive corrected and reset text, plus Tolkien's own full color paintings and drawings in .

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-007-11835-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-00-711835-9
  • Bindery: Boxed ('Slipcased') 'Hardcover'

'SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY' 'HARDCOVER' EDITION
Features an introduction by Christopher Tolkien, as well as reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien's own drawings and color illustrations, including a rare "Mirkwood" piece.

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-618-96863-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-618-96863-3
  • Bindery: Standard 'Hardcover'

'SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY' 'HARDCOVER' EDITION
Features an introduction by Christopher Tolkien, as well as reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien's own drawings and color illustrations, including a rare "Mirkwood" piece.

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-261-10328-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-261-10328-3
  • Bindery: Standard 'Hardcover'

'CLASSIC' 'HARDCOVER' EDITION
This is the edition that has introduced most readers to Tolkien's Middle-earth since the 1960s. The dust-jacket features Tolkien's original cover design.

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-395-07122-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-395-07122-9
  • Bindery: Standard 'Hardcover'

'SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY' 'POCKET HARDCOVER' EDITION
HarperCollins has published this special 'pocket-sized' hardcover of Tolkien's timeless classic to celebrate its seventy-fifth anniversary of publication.

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-007-44084-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-00-744084-9
  • Bindery: 'Pocket Hardcover'

SOFTCOVER EDITIONS

DELUXE 'LEATHERETTE' POCKET EDITION
This deluxe pocket-sized edition contains the complete unabridged text and features a leatherette cover and gilt-edging.

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-544-04552-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-544-04552-1
  • Bindery: 'Pocket Leatherette'

'SOFTCOVER' EDITION: ILLUSTRATED BY MICHAEL HAGUE
Noted artist Michael Hague, whose work is reminiscent of illustrated books of the early 1900s, provides 48 full-color plates for this edition.

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-395-52021-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-395-52021-5
  • Bindery: Large-Format 'Trade Paperback' ('Softcover')

'SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY' 'SOFTCOVER' EDITION
HarperCollins has published this special softcover edition to commemorate seventy five years since the original publication of "The Hobbit."

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-261-10334-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-261-10334-4
  • Bindery: Standard 'Trade Paperback' ('Softcover')

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN'S 'SOFTCOVER' EDITION
Quality 'trade paperback' 'movie tie-in' edition of "The Hobbit" from Houghton Mifflin.

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-547-84497-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-547-84497-8
  • Bindery: Standard 'Trade Paperback' ('Softcover')

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN'S GRAPHIA 'SOFTCOVER' EDITION
Quality 'trade paperback' edition of "The Hobbit" from Houghton Mifflin's Graphia Imprint. Designed for schools, libraries, and other educational facilities.

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-618-26030-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-618-26030-0
  • Bindery: Standard 'Trade Paperback' ('Softcover')

HARPERCOLLINS' ESSENTIAL MODERN CLASSICS 'SOFTCOVER' EDITION
Quality 'trade paperback edition of "The Hobbit" from HarperCollins' Essential Modern Classics (Children's Books) series. Designed for schools, libraries, and other educational facilities.

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-006-75402-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-00-675402-2
  • Bindery: Standard 'Trade Paperback' ('Softcover')

PAPERBACK EDITIONS

BALLANTINE'S 'PAPERBACK' EDITION
Ballantine/Del/Random House pocket-book edition of "The Hobbit."

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  • Publisher: Ballantine/Del/Random House
  • ISBN: 0-345-33968-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-345-33968-3
  • Bindery: Standard 'Paperback'

SPECIAL EDITIONS

Editions of "The Hobbit: 'Facsimile' First Edition", "The History of the Hobbit," "The Annotated Hobbit," "The Hobbit: Young Adult Edition."

THE HOBBIT: 'FACSIMILE' FIRST EDITION
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of publication, this special edition reprints the first edition, so that Tolkien's book may be enjoyed in its original form. Included in the box is a Compact Disc featuring recordings of Tolkien reading extracts from the book, including more than half an hour of archive recordings only recently discovered and never before released. In addition, a full color booklet traces the origins of "The Hobbit" and its publication history, complete with a gallery of artwork and covers for this remarkable book.

'BOXED' 'HARDCOVER' EDITION

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-007-44083-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-00-744083-2
  • Bindery: Boxed ('Slipcased') 'Hardcover'

THE HISTORY OF THE HOBBIT
By John D. Rateliff.

An exhaustive examination of how Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece, including the complete unpublished draft and little-known illustrations and unpublished maps, along with a new edition of the classic work itself.

First published in 1938, "The Hobbit" is a story that "grew in the telling," and many characters and events in the published book are completely different from what Tolkien first wrote to read aloud to his young sons as part of their "fireside reads." For the first time, "The History of the Hobbit" reproduces the original version of one of literature's most famous stories, and includes many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps for The Hobbit created by Tolkien himself. Also featured are extensive annotations and commentaries on the date of composition, how Tolkien's professional and early mythological writings influenced the story, the imaginary geography he created, and how he came to revise the book in the years after publication to accommodate events in "The Lord of the Rings."

These two volumes are boxed together with a new edition of "The Hobbit" with a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien's own drawings and color illustrations, including the rare "Mirkwood" piece.

'BOXED' 'HARDCOVER' EDITION

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-618-96440-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-261-10291-0
  • Bindery: Boxed ('Slipcased') 'Hardcover'

THE HISTORY OF THE HOBBIT
By John D. Rateliff.

An exhaustive examination of how Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece, including the complete unpublished draft and little-known illustrations and unpublished maps, along with a new edition of the classic work itself.

First published in 1938, "The Hobbit" is a story that "grew in the telling," and many characters and events in the published book are completely different from what Tolkien first wrote to read aloud to his young sons as part of their "fireside reads." For the first time, "The History of the Hobbit" reproduces the original version of one of literature's most famous stories, and includes many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps for The Hobbit created by Tolkien himself. Also featured are extensive annotations and commentaries on the date of composition, how Tolkien's professional and early mythological writings influenced the story, the imaginary geography he created, and how he came to revise the book in the years after publication to accommodate events in "The Lord of the Rings."

These two volumes are boxed together with a new edition of "The Hobbit" with a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien's own drawings and color illustrations, including the rare "Mirkwood" piece.

'BOXED' 'HARDCOVER' EDITION

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-261-10291-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-261-10291-0
  • Bindery: Boxed ('Slipcased') 'Hardcover'

THE ANNOTATED HOBBIT
The definitive edition of this beloved children's classic, edited by Douglas A. Anderson, featuring a wealth of accompanying illustrations and notes which take the reader further into both the story, and the tale of how it was written.

'HARDCOVER' EDITION

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-618-13470-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-618-13470-0
  • Bindery: Standard 'Hardcover'

THE ANNOTATED HOBBIT
The definitive edition of this beloved children's classic, edited by Douglas A. Anderson, featuring a wealth of accompanying illustrations and notes which take the reader further into both the story, and the tale of how it was written.

'HARDCOVER' EDITION

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-007-13727-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-00-713727-5
  • Bindery: Boxed ('Slipcased') 'Hardcover'

THE HOBBIT: YOUNG ADULT EDITION
This edition of "The Hobbit" has been specially formatted for young readers. Larger print size and wider margins provide reading ease, includes interior maps and original interior illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien. Cover art by illustrator Peter Sis.

'HARDCOVER' EDITION

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-618-16221-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-618-16221-5
  • Bindery: Standard 'Hardcover'

HOBBITUS ILLE
"In foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus." ("In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.")

"The Hobbit," is one of the world's most popular classic stories, appealing to adults as much as to the children for whom Tolkien first wrote the book. Translated worldwide into more than 60 modern languages, now "Hobbitus Ille" is finally published in Latin, and will be of interest to all those who are studying the language, whether at school or at a higher level.

In the great tradition of publishing famous children's books in Latin, professional classicist and lifelong Tolkien fan Mark Walker provides a deft translation of the entire book. His attention to detail, including the transformation of Tolkien's songs and verses into classical Latin metres, will fascinate and entertain readers of all ability, even those with only a minimal acquaintance with the language.

'HARDCOVER' EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-007-44521-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-261-10266-8
  • Bindery: Standard 'Hardcover'

RELATED EDITIONS

Editions of "The Art of the Hobbit," "Poems from The Hobbit," "The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic", "Hobbitus Ille".

THE ART OF THE HOBBIT
To celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit," the complete artwork created by the author for his story has been collected in The Art of The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Including related pictures, more than one hundred sketches, drawings, paintings, maps, and plans are presented here, preliminary and alternate versions and experimental designs as well as finished art. Some of these images are now published for the first time, and others for the first time in color. Fresh digital scans from the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford and Marquette University in Wisconsin allow Tolkien's Hobbit pictures to be seen more vividly than ever before.

"The Art of The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien has been written and edited by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, two of the leading experts on Tolkien and authors of the acclaimed "J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator," "The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion," and "The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide."

'BOXED' 'HARDCOVER' EDITION

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-007-44081-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-00-744081-8
  • Bindery: Boxed ('Slipcased') 'Hardcover'

"POEMS FROM THE HOBBIT"
This miniature book, illustrated with thirty of Tolkien's own paintings and drawings, contains all twelve poems found in "The Hobbit," as well as Gollum's eight riddles.

'HARDCOVER' 'MINI-BOOK' EDITION

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-618-00934-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-618-00934-3
  • Bindery: 'Mini-Book (3''×3½'')' 'Hardcover'

THE HOBBIT: AN ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE FANTASY CLASSIC
The only graphic novel version of "The Hobbit." Charles Dixon and Sean Deming adaptation of Tolkien's classic won plaudits from even purists for its majestic and evocative paintings and its crisply presented action. Illustrated by David Wenzel.

'GRAPHIC NOVEL' EDITION

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  • Publisher: Ballantine/Del/Random House
  • ISBN: 0-345-44560-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-345-44560-5
  • Bindery: Standard 'Graphic Novel'

THE HOBBIT: AN ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE FANTASY CLASSIC
The only graphic novel version of "The Hobbit." Charles Dixon and Sean Deming adaptation of Tolkien's classic won plaudits from even purists for its majestic and evocative paintings and its crisply presented action. Illustrated by David Wenzel.

'GRAPHIC NOVEL' EDITION

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-261-10266-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-261-10266-8
  • Bindery: Boxed ('Slipcased') 'Hardcover'