The Hobbit (An illustrated Edition), J. R. R. Tolkien (Illustrated by David Wenzel, Adapted by Charles Dixon), Del Rey Books, ISBN 978-0345-44560-5, 135 pgs., $20.00

Cover of "The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edit...

Cover via Amazon

So, this is an illustrated adaptation similar to the movie adaptation of the original Tolkien Novel. I suppose, in some ways, this is for those of you who did not have the patience to watch a 3 hour version of an 8 hour novel. Wait another year and I am sure there will be a comic adaptation followed a year later by a tarot card. It should be noted that this is a new, expanded edition (six new pages of artwork). Okay, a little truth in reviewing here. This graphic novel actually was published prior to the movie coming out, so, both it and the movie are adapted from the novel. And, to make up for that bit of misdirection, I present you with this fact. The second R in J. R. R. Tolkien’s name stands for Reuel.  The book basically tells the story of Bilbo Baggins and the band of dwarves he ends up getting attached to thanks to Gandalf the wizard. Which just goes to show–never trust a wizard. They are never, ever up to any good.

The art is well done, although it is going to matter to you what style of art you like and whether or not this particular style is a good fit with that. I think it will matter, as well, whether you have read the original or not. If so you may find some of the images jarring with those you created all on your own. Of course if you are coming to this based on the movie then you are going to find, pretty much, that it’s just about the same thing.

In yet another fit of reviewing honesty I need to admit that I have never been a big fan of graphic adaptations. I prefer the original. Understand, I love comics and I really enjoy this kind of artistic story telling. But, using words alone is one kind of story telling. Using words and pictures is quite another. And, using pictures alone is yet a third. All work as particular vehicles and it matters how you ended up arriving at each one. While I can certainly enjoy the art for art’s sake and also weigh in on how well the adaptation occurred, I’d be more inclined to pass this one by if I came across it on the shelf. Whether you should do similarly is really up to you. The nice thing about graphic novels is that you can tell fairly quickly how you feel about them where a novel takes a bit more effort.

Do I recommend? I’m going to say that you can make your own judgement too easily for me to say one way or the other. Just let it be said that I pointed out to you that it existed and from then on you were on your own.

If you want to take a look or, get a copy for yourself or the Mrs, you can just click right here: The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic by J.R.R. Tolkien unknown Edition [Paperback(2001)]


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One Response to The Hobbit (An illustrated Edition), J. R. R. Tolkien (Illustrated by David Wenzel, Adapted by Charles Dixon), Del Rey Books, ISBN 978-0345-44560-5, 135 pgs., $20.00

  1. Anita says:

    I had seen the cover art for this on it’s own and didn’t realize it was part of a book until reading your post. I can’t say that I’m itching to run out and get this one, but if I saw it in a store I’d definitely flip through it and consider buying it.

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