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The History of the Hobbit: Return to Bag-End v. 2 by John D. Rateliff
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780007266470
Date: 03 March 2008 List Price £9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

The second volume of Rateliff's, The History of the Hobbit.

"Also featured are extensive annotations and commentaries on the date of composition, how Tolkien's professional and early mythological writings influenced the story, the imaginary geography he created, and how Tolkien came to revise the book years after publication to accommodate events in The Lord of the Rings. Like Christopher Tolkien's The History of The Lord of the Rings before it, this is a thoughtful yet exhaustive examination of one of the most treasured stories in English literature. Long overdue for a classic book now celebrating 70 years in print, this companion edition offers fascinating new insights for those who have grown up with this enchanting tale, and will delight those who are about to enter Bilbo's round door for the first time."

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