Congratulations Hobbit Giveaway Winners

Hobbit-Jemima-CatlinSome days ago, we announced a contest to give away three copies of a new, fancy, illustrated version of Tolkien’s beloved classic The Hobbit, thanks to the generosity of the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Now we can announce who won. Get out your goblins bongos of war and let the drum roll begin…

And the winners are:

Cory Kemak of Apalachin, New York; Dave Hale of Sandy, Utah; and Michael Bonello of Plymouth, MN.

Sorry to the entrants who were not chosen. Aye! ‘Tis a cruel twist of fate, these random drawings. (Blame the GeekDad robots who did not recognize your bribes.) And our congrats to the winners!

Detail from Jemima Catlin's new edition of
Detail from Jemima Catlin’s new edition of The Hobbit.


Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, critic, poet, teacher and 17th level geek. He wrote the award-winning travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Gilsdorf writes regularly for the New York Times, Boston Globe,,,, Washington Post and He has published hundreds of articles, essays, op-eds and reviews on the arts, pop culture, gaming, geek culture and travel in dozens of other magazines, newspapers, websites and guidebooks worldwide. He has also published dozens of poems in literary magazines and anthologies. He is a core contributor to the blogs "GeekDad, "Geek Pride" on, and Boston NPR affiliate WBUR's Cognoscenti blog. He is also a book and film critic for the Boston Globe, and is the film columnist for Art New England. He and author Noble Smith geek out and wax nostalgic about D&D and other nerdy pop culture relics at Dungeons & Dorkwards. He is a lover of ELO and a hater of littering. Sometimes he wears a tunic and chainmail, or these grampy pants. More info or follow on Facebook fantasyfreaksbook