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Last Chance to Win the Hobbit Giveaway!

The Hobbit

Today is the last day of It Books’ Hobbit Giveaway–enter now before you lose you chance to win one of 10 amazing prize packs! These awesome goodies include “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and the first two books in It Books’ Hobbit Chronicles series: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II: Creatures and Characters! Enter here: http://bit.ly/YCl7Ey

About “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” 

Bilbo Baggins is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield, through treacherous lands swarming with fantastical creatures.

 

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Calling All Hobbit-Devotees: Must Have Books!

In honor of the release of the first installment of Peter Jackson’s epic Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we’re highlighting some Hobbit-related titles from HarperCollins… perfect for the Tolkien fan in your life! Or even more perfect to keep for yourself (because, really, who is not a Tolkien fan?).

“In foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus. (“In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”)

Celebrate the occasion with Hobbitus Ille! Translated worldwide into more than 60 modern languages, now Tolkien’s masterpiece is finally published in Latin, and will be of interest to all those who are studying the language, whether at school or at a higher level. In the great tradition of publishing famous children’s books in Latin, professional classicist and lifelong Tolkien fan Mark Walker provides a deft translation, as well as notes and a glossary. The complete text, together with Latinized maps and illustrations make this perfect for schoolchildren and students learning Latin, but also fans who want to dip in and find favorite passages.

 

 

Re-live the film… and discover how it was created! 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design is a sumptuous celebration of the creative vision of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The book is packed with more than 1,000 images of concept artwork, photographs and development paintings by the artists working behind the scenes to bring Middle-earth to life, who each provide detailed and entertaining commentary that reveals the story behind the vision.

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Why Fantasy? Why Now? by David Chandler

 The popularity of genre books has stayed strong for over a hundred years now, but it’s interesting—the individual genres seem to come and go.  Oh, there will always be good horror novels out there, and fantasy books seem to sell regardless of what year it is.  But there are definitely cycles at work here.  This is a great year for fantasy.  A Game of Thrones is huge.  There’s enormous interest in the Hobbit movie.  In books you’ve got the recent blockbuster success of Brent Weeks and Patrick Rothfuss.  Tangentially there’s the John Carter movie and of course the blow-out finale to the Harry Potter series.  I don’t think I could have picked a better time to release my own fantasy novel, Den of Thieves.

Meanwhile science fiction is slowing down, and despite the continued (and inexplicable) fascination with vampires and zombies, horror seems to be taking a backseat.  I have a theory why this is so.  Now keep in mind this is just off-the-cuff stuff, with no historiographical research or longitudinal studies to back it up.  But it seems like there might be strong currents in this sea of books.

Science fiction, it seems, is most popular when people are excited and hopeful about the future.  It was huge in the 50s and 60s, and well into the 70s, until Star Wars kind of knocked it off its perch (Star Wars being a fantasy story, not science fiction, but that’s a topic for another essay).  Obviously the Apollo program and the promise of space had something to do with that.  You could say the same about the resurgence of SF in the 80s and say it was the space shuttle (oh, the poor STS!), but I think that had more to do with the rise of personal computers—after all, the big story in the 80s was cyberpunk.

            Horror, on the other hand, seems to be most popular when people are terrified of the world around them.  Zombies and vampires blew up after September Eleventh and I don’t think it was a coincidence.  The last time horror was that popular was in the 30s, when people were terrified of economic depression and Nazi imperialism—a time that gave us both H.P. Lovecraft and also the phenomenal Universal monster movies (Robert Pattison will never live up to the standard set by Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff).  Perversely enough when people are scared of each other, they enjoy being scared by monsters, too—especially if, unlike, say, global terrorism, the threat of Frankenstein’s Monster was over after two hours.

But why fantasy, why now?  Horror does well in times of cultural anxiety, and science fiction in decades of national optimism.  But fantasy—fantasy does great when people are bored.

 Fantasy is escapism.  When I was a kid I looked forward to being an astronaut (whoops, that didn’t work out so well), but I dreamed of being a wizard and studying arcane tomes or a knight fighting orcs and goblins with a flashing broadsword.  It could never happen but that just seemed to make it cooler.  People want to escape when their lives seem dull.  Not terrifying, and not like something big is just around the corner.  It looks like the long nightmare of the Noughts is finally over with the death of Osama Bin Laden—I know, the real bad guys are still out there, but is anyone as scared these days as they were in 2001?  The economy is pretty lousy, but not Great Depression lousy.  And with the end of the American manned space program the future looks like it’s about smartphones and precision targeted web advertising (gee, I can’t wait), not the glorious adventure of space.

  So we’re living in a dusty age.  It happens.  And at least we have worlds of wonder to fly away to.  Thank heavens for fantasy!

- David Chandler

Don’t miss David’s Ancient Blades Trilogy! DEN OF THIEVES A THIEF IN THE NIGHT, and HONOR AMONG THIEVES , all available now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE HOBBIT now available as an enhanced e-book!

In addition to our range of e-book editions of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, we’re thrilled to announce the release of an Enhanced eBook edition of The Hobbit!

Exclusive to this Enhanced version of the eBook are new high-resolution color images of all of Tolkien’s illustrations for the book, many of which are also included in their earlier black-and-white versions, which can be revealed by a simple swipe of the screen. A Foreword by Christopher Tolkien examines the writing of the book, complete with illustrations including manuscript pages and unused drawings. Finally, the Enhanced eBook includes some recently discovered audio recordings of J.R.R. Tolkien reading excerpts from The Hobbit, including the dwarves’ party song, the account of their capture by the three trolls, and Bilbo Baggins’s terrifying encounter with the hideous Gollum.

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From our own David Brawn, Publisher of Estates at HarperCollins: “It is customary for publishers to release new editions of books to commemorate milestone anniversaries, and as we entered The Hobbit’s 75th year, we felt we should acknowledge its success not only in print but also in the eBook world. Many thousands of readers have embraced The Hobbit in the two years since it was first released as an eBook, and with the growing availability of color-enabled devices, we felt it was time to offer an alternative edition, complete with Tolkien’s color pictures from our popular Deluxe edition. Together with J.R.R. Tolkien’s now famous half-hour recording of Bilbo’s encounter with Gollum, the recent discovery of three further unreleased extracts – one long and two short – meant we have been able to enhance the eBook even further. At a time when there is so much speculation about how others are visualizing The Hobbit, it is rather special to be able to read the novel with Tolkien’s own pictures and with parts of it read in his own voice, for a truly authentic experience.”

The Hobbit was an instant success when it was first published in 1937, and 75 years later Tolkien’s epic tale of hobbits, elves, dwarves, goblins, myth, magic and adventure has lost none of its appeal.