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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:29 am 
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For exciting book discussion about The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien!!

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I own this copy.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:00 pm 
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I own this edition.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:57 am 
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I own this edition.

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John Carter wrote:
I own this copy.

Eric wrote:
I own this edition.

They're both nice editions. The green slipcase has a nice red slipcase of LOTR that goes nicely with it.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:28 am 
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Shoe wrote:
They're both nice editions. The green slipcase has a nice red slipcase of LOTR that goes nicely with it.

...which I also have.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:23 am 
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I have this edition.

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Soviet illustrated edition:
http://www.retronaut.co/2010/07/the-soviet-hobbit/

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Gandalf looks damn pleased with himself.


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I have a Russian edition of Lord of the Rings, but not the Hobbit. I'd love to own this one.

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Chris Knight wrote:
www.retronaut.co

Sooner or later even the most useless thread is good for something (awesome).

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Riedenschneider wrote:
Chris Knight wrote:
www.retronaut.co

Sooner or later even the most useless thread is good for something

So the good news is, there is hope for you yet.

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Why is Bilbo half black and half white?

Is that some sort of homage to Star Trek's Let That Be Your Last Battlefield episode?

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When I moved, my slipcased editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings went missing. I've been losing hope that we'll find them in some rare corner of the basement. So much so that I've bought this version:
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...of The Hobbit. Haven't re-bought a printed version of The Lord of the Rings yet. Got it on the Kindle.


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And with that retronaut soviet thing, why do soviets hate vikings?

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I have this one
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Bilbo needs to lay off the Lembas bread...

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Will you also be starting a Lord of the Rings discussion thread? Because I wanted to discuss how it was all an allegory for marriage, and Tolkien's insistence that he hates allegory is just his way of avoiding an argument with his wife.


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I have most of the editions posted in this thread.

Because I am sad.

The annotated edition Eric got is pretty neat. Lots of good little tidbits in there.

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Anybody ever heard one of the radio adaptations of The Hobbit? Sometimes, the summer trips to New England work out so that my wife and kids go separately from me, either on the way there or the way home. I've never been a big fan of books on tape (or CD, or whatever), but I remember listening to the NPR adaptions of the Star Wars movies as a kid, so I tracked those down, and then The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as well as a BBC box set of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit adaptions. Later on, I wanted to listen to them on another trip and snagged them online rather than ripping them from the CDs again, and accidentally got a mislabeled recording of the NPR version instead of the BBC one, so I've listened to both.

The BBC version is generally better, having a bunch of interesting stuff added in with Bilbo breaking the fourth wall and discussing things with the narrator. The NPR version plays it much straighter, and with American accents. The only thing to recommend it is that the BBC one has a really miscast voice actor as Gandalf, with a high, prissy voice. Picture C-3PO as Gandalf. Rough.


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Agree with all your comments. Both are fun, but the BBC one is better (despite that casting goof).

One nice thing about the NPR production, though, is that they retained the same voice actors for their adaptation of Lord of the Rings, so there is listening continuity between the two.

Fun fact on the BBC version of Lord of the Rings: Frodo is played by Ian Holm, who would go on to play Bilbo in the movies.

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