Sunday, April 01, 2012

Scanned... my brief collection of The Hobbit

I haven't scanned anything for a wee while and thought, after yesterday's charityshop find (more on that later) I would scan some of my J.R.R. Tolkien memorabilia... starting with The Hobbit.

I picked this one up a couple of years ago when I was in Paris. I had this crazy notion of buying The Hobbit in the language of each country I visit... so here's the French edition I found:

...and here's the Italian version I found. I'm in two-minds about this one... on one hand it's a super-clean, minimal, type-focussed cover but, on the other hand, the book has such rich visuals that the illustration seems too small somehow.

This edition is my all-time favourite. A hardback edition fully illustrated by Alan Lee. I picked it up in a charityshop in Bellshill for £2. Yes... TWO POUNDS!!! I nearly wet myself when I found it. It's one of my most treasured possessions.

Don't tell J.R.R. but I prefer Alan Lee's illustrations. That said... I love this story so very much. I even have it on audiobook. It's such a wonderful story about change. Everyone should read it.

If you have a copy of The Hobbit that has a different cover than the ones here and feel generous... I will cover postage!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

can I say that the Italian Version is actually a generous version for a cover. They don't normally even put pictures on things and I agree about the Alan Lee design! Also I must confess to not ever having read The Hobbit!


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