Giveaway of New Illustrated Edition of The Hobbit

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 of 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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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, Salon.com, BoingBoing.net, PsychologyToday.com, Washington Post and wired.com. 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 PsychologyToday.com, 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 fantasyfreaksbook.com or follow on Facebook fantasyfreaksbook