The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien — About the Book not …
This new edition lists the contents of the latest volume of and also notes the publishing of an abbreviated version of John D. Rateliff's The Hobbit as well as correcting the entry for the 1966 version of Tolkien's translation of .
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I also wish to note a matter recently pointed out to me by Andrew Ferguson, the fact that the Kindle edition of published in connection with its contained a number of previously unpublished recordings by J.R.R. Tolkien, among them a reading of chapter two, "Roast Mutton". However, as this Kindle edition is presently (25th December 2015) listed as unavailable I feel the matter needs further investigation before I enter information about this in the entry for below. For a discussion of these recordings see John D. Rateliff's blog entry .
In fact, he once compared himself to the hobbits. Humphrey Carpenter’s incomparable "J.R.R. Tolkien: a biography," quotes the author on the similarities "between the creator and the creation."
A Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien
The History of The Hobbit was a new study of ’s , published by in June and July 2007 in the UK, and published in the United States by . This two-volume work contains Tolkien’s previously unpublished original drafts of the novel, accompanied by commentary written by John D. Rateliff. It also details Tolkien’s various revisions to , including abandoned revisions for the unpublished third edition of the work, intended for 1960, as well as previously unpublished original maps and illustrations drawn by Tolkien himself.
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The aim of the chronological bibliography given below is to give a complete record of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien's published writings: books, contributions to books, and contributions to periodicals. Some exceptions have had to be made to this stated intent, mainly for practical reasons. Thus the categories given below have been excluded.
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The second volume, entitled The Hobbit: , contains the last half of Tolkien’s original manuscript draft, with commentary, as well as later drafts and appendices. This volume was published in the UK in July, 2007.
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Gandalf held that if the Ring was worn too frequently, the wearer would become wraith-like over time and become entirely subsumed into the spirit world. The rate at which this occurred depended largely on the wearer's inner nature. Race also seemed to perhaps play some part in it, as Hobbits in particular seemed to "fade" rather reluctantly. Merely keeping the Ring without using it greatly slowed most of the negative effects of the Ring, but it could not do so indefinitely. Additionally, its owner did not need to wear it in order to benefit from its effects on aging; Bilbo and Gollum both hardly ever used the Ring, yet were both seen to age remarkably well (even in Gollum's case, though his lifestyle and extreme age warped his body in some ways). The circumstances of initially finding the Ring also seemed to play a profound role in how quickly the Ring's negative effects began to take hold of the bearer, as did the bearer's own disposition. Gollum, for instance, obtained the Ring by means of murdering his close friend, and as such the negative effects of the Ring on his mind in particular manifested relatively quickly. Bilbo, on the other hand, not only obtained the Ring simply by way of finding it by chance, but when confronted with an opportunity to slay Gollum mere minutes after finding it, he chose not to out of pity for Gollum's wretchedness. Due to this, the Ring had only just barely begun to negatively affect his mind even over sixty years of having it in his possession, and Bilbo was ultimately able to give it up of his own free will, which was next to impossible for anyone who had possessed the Ring for any length of time to do.
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Tolkien was born in South Africa Jan. 3, 1892. His father, Arthur Tolkien, and mother, Mabel Suffield Tolkien, had immigrated to Bloemfontein, South Africa, for Arthur’s job in banking. But by the time Tolkien was 12 - years - old, he was an orphan. His father died in 1896 when he was four years old, and then eight years later, his mother died. Being orphaned was a devastating blow to the sensitive boy who could read by the time he was four. His mother was a teacher who had her son reading Latin and French by the time he was 12, and when she died in 1904 from complications of diabetes, the foundations of his life were yanked from beneath him.