Roverandom (Pocket edition)

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Roverandom (Pocket Edition)Delightful pocket edition of Tolkien’s early children’s fantasy Roverandom.
In the same format as the recent Hobbit pocket edition.

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Tolkien and the Great War

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Tolkien and the Great War

‘To be caught in youth by 1914 was no less hideous an experience than in 1939 … by 1918 all but one of my close friends were dead’
(J.R.R.Tolkien)

Definitive biography tracing the origins of Middle-earth to Tolkien’s youth and his experiences in the First World War.

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Trees

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Trees - by Jemima CatlinA beautiful little book featuring ink drawings of trees by Jemima Catlin who also illustrated the wonderful 2013 illustrated edition of The Hobbit.
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The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition) DVD

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition DVD)The Extended Edition 5-DVD boxed set of the first part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy of movies.

New material includes a couple of new songs (Bofur in Rivendell, Goblin King) and several little extra bits of exposition including some more background explanation behind the enmity between the Dwarves of Erebor and the Elvenking Thranduil. If you liked the theatrical release you will love this. If you didn’t - well, there’s more here not to like.
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD)The DVD of the first part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy of movies.

There are plenty of reviews around so I won’t go into too much detail here. Tolkien purists may find some of Peter Jackson’s changes/additions unnecessary, while fans of his earlier Lord of the Rings movies will lap this up as it is very much in keeping with the previous films.
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The Riddles of The Hobbit

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The Riddles of the HobbitUsing riddles as a starting point - the ones that appear in The Hobbit, and ancient riddles from Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic sources - Adam Roberts explores some puzzling aspects of Tolkien’s works that you may not have thought about in quite the same way before.
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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.
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The Fall of Arthur

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The Fall of ArthurAn unfinished and previously unknown poem by Tolkien accompanied by extensive commentary by Christopher Tolkien. Of interest to Middle-earth fans for the mysterious hints at possible intended links between King Arthur’s world and that of the Silmarillion. Written in alliterative verse, and sounding very much like the poetry of Rohan in The Lord of the Rings.
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The Wisdom of the Shire

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The Wisdom of the Shire‘Wisdom of the Shire’ is a ‘self-help’ book that highlights all sorts of connections between Tolkien’s sub-created world of Middle-earth and our own. In particular it uses examples from Tolkien’s writing to show how much we can learn from the hobbits - their bravery, loyalty, sense of fun, and an appreciation of the simple things in life.
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Children’s Treasury of Literature

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The Children's Treasury of Literature In ColourThis collection of children’s stories includes the first chapter of The Hobbit - ‘An Unexpected Party’ illustrated by Robert J. Lee.

Tolkien himself famously described these illustrations as “vulgar, stupid and entirely out of keeping with the text”.

Very much a product of the times, the illustrations are indeed playful and a bit psychedelic. But personally I rather like Robert J. Lee’s pictures - and the fact that they have Dwalin the dwarf with an actual blue beard.
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