Four new copies of The Hobbit have come my way: the top one is an American edition I found on eBay... the second one came from Miriam in exchange for Minecraft on her iPhone... the third was from Olly for my birthday is an Unwin 1972 edition... and the fourth one was a gift from my parents for my birthday and is from 2011.
"Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings" by Barbara Strachey is a wonderful artefact that Olly and the we'ans gave me for my birthday.
It features 51 maps that chart the journey that Frodo takes in The Lord of the Rings... hand drawn by Strachey who isn't a trained cartographer but does a fantastic job. It really is a beautiful artefact.
Another wonderful artefact and gift from Olly and the we'ans is David Day's "The Hobbit Companion"... with utterly delightful illustrations from Linda Postma. It's a wee, pocket book that is best described by the blurb on Amazon:
"Tolkien's famous fantastical world was born from a single word "Hobbit" written on a blank sheet of paper on a summer afternoon in 1930. This book is an exploration of the inspirational power of language. It proposes that the entire body of Tolkien's writing dealing with Hobbits was essentially the product of a list of associations with the word Hobbit. Thus, the invention of the word Hobbit resulted in the creation of the character, race and world of the Hobbit, whose popularity has endured, indeed continues to increase, throughout the world since its humble beginnings. Exploring the brilliant web of verbal hocus-pocus that J.R.R. Tolkien delightedly spun in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, master Hobbit investigator David Day reveals the myriad crafty puns and riddles, hidden meanings and mythical associations beneath the saga's thrilling surface. Intruiging to the uninitiated, enchanting to the Tolkien enthusiast, The Hobbit Companion can only enhance our enjoyment of this dark, mysterious world. Featuring Lidia Postma's beautiful illustrations, The Hobbit Companion delves into the Hobbit world, looking in depth at the tales' main individual characters, such as Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and Gandalf the Wizard, other folk who share their lands from Goblins and Dwarves to Trolls and Giants, and the lands themselves, including Tookland, Buckland, the town of Hobbiton and the Shire."I am grateful!