Giveaway of New Illustrated Edition of The Hobbit

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Hobbit Jemima CatlinThe past week or so has been good for fans of The Hobbit. First, we got a sneak peek at the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Last week also marked the release of a new, fancy, illustrated version of Tolkien’s beloved classic. And we’re giving away three free copies, thanks to the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. [See below for details on how to enter the contest.]

The eagles are coming. From the new illustrated edition of The Hobbit.
The eagles are coming. From the new illustrated edition of The Hobbit.

Jemima Catlin, a freelance illustrator from Dorchester, England, has provided charming, full-color artwork for this new edition ofย The Hobbit which, according to the publisherr “is the first new illustrated edition since Alan Lee’s iconic illustrations appeared in 1997.”

Gollum during the riddle game.
Gollum during the riddle game.

The new hardcover has a sturdy, green cloth binding. Dozens of Catlin’s pencil, ink and watercolor works are featured throughout.

Gandalf gets fiery.
Gandalf gets all fiery in the treetops.

Sometimes, as in the larger Smaug painting, below, the illustrations engulf an entire page.

Smaug!
Smaug!

But as you’ll see in the highlights below, more often than not, “spot” illustrations are cleverly inserted in and around the text, which I think will keep young readers excited to keep turning the pages.

A lovely painting at the bottom of the page of this new illustrated Hobbit
A lovely painting at the bottom of the page of this new illustrated Hobbit

We’re giving away three copies of this new The Hobbit. Three winners will be randomly selected from all entries.

Bilbo.
Bilbo.

Please sign up below before Thursday, October 10 to be considered for the contest. May the best (and most random) hobbit win.

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9 thoughts on “Giveaway of New Illustrated Edition of The Hobbit

  1. Oh I love this edition! I will never not think of the animated Hobbit movie from 1977 (The music was amazing… o_o) This kind of puts me in that frame. I’ll have to get my paws on it when my littles are interested in reading the Hobbit for the first time. Thanks for the post.

  2. I’d love a copy! This was MY childhood bedtime story book my mom used to read me & there was definitely no pictures to accompany it, but that’s where our combined imaginations came to play, it’s a treasured memory I have of being a young kid with my mom ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Just started reading the Hobbit with my 6 yo. I’d love a copy of the illustrated version to extend his attention span, while still leaving plenty to the imagination.

  4. A very beautiful copy of my husband’s favourite book! I would love to be able to give this to him to add to his Tolkien collection ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the chance!

  5. Out of all the amazing LOTR illustrations I’m so surprised these are the ones that made it. They are so cutesy and childish. Hugely disappointed. Although, Smaug’s picture is great.

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