Friday, 31 January 2014

Hobbit Book Covers through the Years

Later this year, a facsimile first edition of The Hobbit will be released, giving fans and collectors an opportunity to compare the textual deviations of the first edition of The Hobbit from later publications.

For 77 years now, The Hobbit enjoys a never ending popularity. In all these years, not only did the text undergo changes, but the cover as well. Over the years, a various number of beautiful covers were created, each interpreting the story within in a unique way. Understandably, some have the desire to collect them all. I know I do (even though my finances won’t cooperate with this desire).

Here are some examples of the book covers through the ages. Maybe you own some of them already:

1937-dust-jacket-of-the-hobbit-with-black-white-blue-mountains

1938-edition-of-the-hobbit-by-houghton-mifflin

1973-edition-of-the-hobbit-green-cover

1982-edition-of-the-hobbit-eagle-gandalf-dwarves-bilbo-cover

1995-edition-of-the-hobbit-john-howe-smaug-artwork

1999-edition-hobbit-cover-black-with-gold-writing

2000-edition-hobbit-tolkien-cover-artwork

2009-edition-of-the-hobbit-michael-hague-artwork

2012-edition-hobbit-75-anniversary

One version of The Hobbit I’d love to own someday is this Russian copy from 1976, full of beautiful illustrations.

1976-russian-edition-the-hobbit

Do you have a favorite book cover? Maybe even an international version that interprets The Hobbit in a very different way? I’d love to see as many different book covers as possible!

Source: http://middleearthnews.com/2014/01/31/hobbit-book-covers-through-the-years/

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