The Hobbit - illustrated hardback

The Hobbit - illustrated hardback

by Alan Lee (Illustrator), J.R.R.Tolkien (Author)


Sumptuous, oversized hardback edition of the classic adventure, fully illustrated with over 60 watercolour and pencil illustrations by award-winning artist, Alan Lee, Conceptual Designer on Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. 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 22 full colour 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 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.


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More Information

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Edition: Illustrated edition (Reissue)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 29 Oct 2009

ISBN 10: 026110330X
ISBN 13: 9780261103306
Book Overview: The beloved children's classic, now repackaged with a new cover to match that of the reset illustrated Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion hardbacks. * Over 60,000 copies of the hardback now sold * Over 100,000 copies of Alan Lee's illustrated Lord of the Rings (single volume hardback edition) sold in the UK alone! * 22 full colour original illustrations plus 38 delicate pencil drawings * Acclaimed as the definitve version of The Hobbit -- ideal for adults and children * Artist Alan Lee was awarded an Oscar for his work on the design of the final part of The Lord of the Rings feature film trilogy
Prizes: Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003 and The BBC Big Read Top 21 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.

Media Reviews

`One of the best loved characters in English fiction... a marvellous fantasy adventure'
Daily Mail

`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

Author Bio

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 35 languages and have sold many millions of copies world wide.

Alan Lee is the creator of the highly successful illustrated edition of The Lord of the Rings, and winner of the 1994 Kate Greenaway Medal for Children's Book Illustration. He won an Oscar for his work on Peter Jackson's Return of the King.