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The Hobbit (Illustrated Edition 2013)

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Tolkien's The Hobbit Illustrated by Jemima CatlinThis brand new (2013) edition of the Hobbit is beautifully illustrated by Jemima Catlin, and I’d say is set to become the ‘definitive’ edition for a whole new generation of readers.

This is the first new illustrated edition since the 1997 Hobbit illustrated by Alan Lee.

(Incidentally, for me the ‘classic’ edition of The Hobbit is the Unwin Paperbacks ‘Death of Smaug’ edition which let’s face it, wasn’t exactly lavishly illustrated.)

Jemima Catlin’s work is described in the HarperCollins press release as ‘quirky and whimsical, taking inspiration from classic children’s illustrators like E.H.Shephard’s Winnie the Pooh and Tove Jansson’s Moomins, along with Japanese anime from Studio Ghibli such as Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away‘.

The book contains 150 colour illustrations, with something of the magic of Pauline Baynes about them, all wonderfully sympathetic to the tone of Tolkien’s story and very much in keeping with his own descriptions of characters, locations and events.

It’s just a beautiful thing - ideal for newcomers to Tolkien’s world and definitely one that every Tolkien collector will want to own.

There’s a nice review of this book by Noble Smith (Author of The Wisdom of the Shire) over at

You can see more of Jemima Catlin’s work at

Title: The Hobbit
Author: JRR Tolkien
Illustrated by: Jemima Catlin
Published by: HarperCollinsPublishers
Year of Publication : 2013
Edition: This illustrated edition published 2013 (1st)
ISBN: 978-0-00-749790-4

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Tolkien's The Hobbit Illustrated by Jemima Catlin

Tolkien's The Hobbit Illustrated by Jemima Catlin

Tolkien's The Hobbit Illustrated by Jemima Catlin

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