A couple of days before Christmas I was in a Chapters bookstore picking up a gift when my hubby called me over to a table that held some new releases. Approaching the table my eyes caught sight of a beautiful hardcover book about The Hobbit, and my book loving heart started beating a mile a minute. I grabbed it, held it close to me, and looked at my hubby with pleading, puppy dog eyes. Knowing that I would probably not let it go, he said I could buy it as a Christmas present from him.
After leaving the store grinning from ear to ear, I immediately sent a message to my blogging friend, Becky, who I know is a Hobbit freak just like me! She demanded pictures, but when we got home Mike took the book away from me to wrap up for Christmas, so I had to tell Becky to be patient.
Now that the big day is over and things are settling down again, I finally got a chance to take some pictures of my new treasured possession as well as the gorgeous hardcover edition of The Hobbit that I have had for years and that Becky also wanted to see. So, this is for you Becky – I hope you enjoy my treasured possessions :).
My new treasured possession:
Each page has a detailed write-up and beautiful drawings of one aspect of the book (i.e. setting or characters) and how they were developed for the movie (which was totally amazing by the way!!!). Just to give you an example, it explains that J.R.R. Tolkien described the ponies as being very hairy, but ponies lose their long hair in the summer, and they were shooting Hobbiton at Midsummer. So, the ponies were sent to hair and makeup just like the human cast and were put in hairy suits with wigs. Can you believe that?
Below are two photos of the gorgeous boxed, hardcover edition of The Hobbit which I have had for years. The book is on the left in the first photo, and the box is on the right. I can’t even remember where I got it, but it has always been one of my favourites from my book collection. The second photo shows one of the coloured illustrations in the book which were done by Tolkien as well.