The Hobbit Companion

The Hobbit Companion


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In The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien spun a clever web of wordplay and verbal hocus-pocus. Inspired by these linguistic games, master "hobbit investigator" David Day untangles the crafty puns and riddles, hidden meanings, and mythical associations that lie beneath the saga's thrilling surface. More than just a delightful study of an author who deeply loved and understood the intricacies of the English language (Tolkien helped compile the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary), this magnificently illustrated companion charms with its own beauty and enhances our understanding of one of the world's great masterpieces. Starting with the word "hobbit" itself, this illuminating guide moves on to examine Bilbo Baggins, the Gollum and the goblins, hobbit heritage and history, Buckland and Brandy Hall, Gandalf, Shire Society, the Fellowship, and much more. Intriguing to the uninitiated and enchanting to the enthusiast, this sparkling companion enhances the enjoyment of Tolkien's dark, mysterious world.

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ISBN-13: 9781586635282
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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The Hobbit Companion 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
breeks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am amazed at the way Tolkien researched the names for so many characters in his whole TLOR writings. David Day has done a good job in giving his analysis of Tolkien's scholarly knowledge in what many people would have a very dry subject. This book is definitely a "companion" for anyone who has more than a passing interest in the Ring series. I would certainly recommend it all Hobbiters out there.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A must for a Tolkien reader, it not only would be good for a first-time reader of The Hobbit, but also is put together so you can get a little more out of it if you are an experienced Tolkien reader. It has great detail about Hobbits and shows all the unique philology (the study of words) that Tolkien used to create these great words. It is required for a Tolkien reader!
buzzboa More than 1 year ago
Book arrived damage very typical from BN on-line