The Hobbit 75th Anniversary
As news of our Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien has spread to Tolkien sites around the world, one or two fans have commented cynically that it is being published to take advantage of the forthcoming films by Peter Jackson. We could reply just as cynically that the films of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been or are being produced to take advantage of the enormous popularity of Tolkien’s works – but we have already written that The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ‘will be part of a larger publishing initiative commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first publication of The Hobbit in 1937′. And is that not reason enough for it to appear? The 50th and 60th anniversaries were marked by special publications, so why not the 75th?
Also, the question has been raised: What else is being published to celebrate the Hobbit anniversary? We already knew of one book: an edition of The History of The Hobbit by John D. Rateliff in one volume, updated with extra material received too late to be used in the original two volumes. And we see from an online catalogue that HarperCollins also are planning to issue a facsimile of the first printing of The Hobbit and a ‘hardcover pocket edition’, along with other, non-Hobbit Tolkien-related titles. (N.B. This pdf catalogue is on the HarperCollins Canada website, with prices in Canadian dollars and details of pagination, trim size, and cover art which are not necessarily final.) In addition, Amazon U.K. are listing a 75th anniversary paperback Hobbit, both separately and in a boxed set with The Lord of the Rings.