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History of the Hobbit [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

John Rateliff
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3. März 2008
The second half of a major new examination of how J.R.R.Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece 'The Hobbit', including his complete unpublished draft version of the story, and many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps by Tolkien himself. The History of the Hobbit presents for the first time, in two volumes, the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Hobbit, accompanied by John Rateliff's lively and informative account of how the book came to be written and published. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines - chapter-by-chapter - why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien's ever-growing concept of Middle-earth. As well as reproducing the original version of one of literature's most famous stories, both on its own merits and as the foundation for The Lord of the Rings, this new book includes many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps for The Hobbit by Tolkien himself. 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. This second volume picks up Bilbo Baggins' story half-way through his journey and chronicles how, after much adversity, he must still face the mighty dragon, Smaug, carry out the burglary for which he has been recruited, and return safely home to Bag-End. But not everything goes to plan...

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  • Taschenbuch: 480 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Collins Publishers (3. März 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007266472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007266470
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,4 x 13 x 3,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 273.391 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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The second half of a major new examination of how J.R.R.Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece 'The Hobbit', including his complete unpublished draft version of the story, and many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps by Tolkien himself. The History of the Hobbit presents for the first time, in two volumes, the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Hobbit, accompanied by John Rateliff's lively and informative account of how the book came to be written and published. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines -- chapter-by-chapter -- why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien's ever-growing concept of Middle-earth. As well as reproducing the original version of one of literature's most famous stories, both on its own merits and as the foundation for The Lord of the Rings, this new book includes many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps for The Hobbit by Tolkien himself.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.

This second volume picks up Bilbo Baggins' story half-way through his journey and chronicles how, after much adversity, he must still face the mighty dragon, Smaug, carry out the burglary for which he has been recruited, and return safely home to Bag-End. But not everything goes to plan!

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John D. Rateliff moved to Wisconsin in 1981 in order to work with the Tolkien manuscripts at Marquette University. He has been active in Tolkien scholarship for many years, delivering papers on Tolkien and the Inklings. While at Marquette, he assisted in the collation of their holdings with those Christopher Tolkien was editing for his History of Middle-earth series. A professional editor, he lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three cats, only one of whom is named after a Tolkien character.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Mit Abstrichen zu genießen 17. September 2008
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Für den, der Christopher Tolkiens 12 Bände der "History of Middle-earth" besitzt, ist diese Ergänzung ein Muss. Freude macht vor allem die bisher unveröffentlichte Revision des "Hobbits" von 1960, die zeigt, in welche Richtung eine Neubearbeitung hätte gehen können. Leider ist John Rateliff weit weniger präzise als Chr. Tolkien und verliert sich des öfteren in Über- und Fehlinterpretationen. Bei weniger Faszination für meist abwegige Vergleiche zu victorianischer Prosa hätten die beiden Bände auch in einem untergebracht werden können. Und dass Rateliff seitenweise J.R.R.Tolkiens interne Handlungschronologie als heillos durcheinander kritisiert, ohne zu bemerken, dass sich alle scheinbaren Widersprüche, auf die er akribisch hinweist, aufgelöst hätten, wenn der US-Amerikaner Rateliff nur berücksichtigt hätte, dass traditionelle Engländer den Winter am 1. November beginnen lassen, ist auf die Dauer reichlich ermüdend. Zahlreiche Druckfehler ("Land of the Rings" statt "Lord of...") sowie etliche Querverweise auf Kapitel "00O" deuten schließlich auf ein ungerechtfertigt schlampiges Lektorat des Verlags hin, das den Kaufpreis nicht mehr rechtfertigt. Schade.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nur für absolute Hobbit-Fans 10. August 2007
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Für "The History of the Hobbit" gilt, was für "The History of Middle Earth" von Cristopher Tolkien schon galt: Nur der wirklich eingefleischte Tolkien-Fan wird seinen Spaß an diesen Büchern haben.

John Rateliff veröffentlicht den "Ur-Hobbit" Tolkiens mit diversen Vergleichen zwischen längeren und fragmentarisch erhaltenen Tolkienschen Textentwürfen, die zum Teil sehr nah am veröffentlichten Endtext liegen, zum Teil andere Entwicklungen aufzeigen.

Das ganze gleicht eher einer sprachwissenschaftlichen Studie als einem Roman. Es ist nicht sonderlich flüssig zu lesen, werden doch die einzelnen "Kapitel" stets durch einen Vergleich aller Erzählalternativen und von diversen Anmerkungen zum Text, die sich auf andere Tolkiensche Texte besziehen, unterbrochen.

Auch dieser zweite Teil ist nicht wirklich ein litararischer Höhepunkt und setzt eben dort an, wo Teil 1 die Geschichte verlassen hat. Insgesamt: Nice to have. Mehr nicht.

Die Aufmachung auch dieses Buches ist dabei sehr liebevoll, einige Tolkien-Originalzeichnungen sind dem Band beigegeben.
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Return to Bag End is the second part of John D. Rateliff's History of the Hobbit. It begins with page 469 and contains the Index for both volumes, so its important to start with Volume I, Mr. Baggins.

Return to Bag End begins with the thirteen dwarves and their hobbit companion's arrival at The Lonely Mountain. Rateliff has identified five phases in the writing of The Hobbit, and this volume begins towards the end of the second phase. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit in fits and spurts over a period of several years, and finally finished it in its first published form by the end of the third phase. Rateliff's fourth phase took place in the late 1940s, when Tolkien had nearly finished The Lord of the Rings and needed to rewrite part of The Hobbit to eliminate some inconsistencies. The most important of these inconsistencies dealt with the matter of how Bilbo came to possess the Ring. In the first published version Gollum gave Bilbo the Ring as a gift. Now Tolkien, to make the Ring darker and more ominous, had Bilbo purloin it from Gollum. Then in 1960 came the fifth phase, when Tolkien attempted to make The Hobbit even closer in tone and spirit to The Lord of the Rings by essentially rewriting it. He wisely abandoned this attempt after a few chapters when a friend advised that while it was brilliant, it wasn't The Hobbit.

As in the first volume, Return to Bag End abounds with fascinating textual notes and short essays interpolated with Tolkien's own words. These include some intriguing speculations, including one on whether the Arkenstone was a Silmaril and another on the ultimate fate of dwarves after their deaths. There are also several Appendices, one on the Denham Tracts, a nineteenth century list of imaginary beings which mentioned "hobbit" several years before Tolkien was even born; another on Tolkien's own speculations on the origin of the word hobbit which includes one of my own favorite childhood stories: "The Hobyahs;" and others dealing with the origins of dwarf names and with Tolkien's correspondence with Arthur Ransome.

Both volumes of The History of the Hobbit are essential additions to Tolkien scholarship. They will provide much fascinating reading and speculation for many years to come for all lovers of Middle-earth.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen great resource - but use footnotes! 3. November 2012
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For some reason, Christopher Tolkien did not extend his History of Middle-Earth scholarship to the Hobbit. Rateliff provides an invaluable contribution by chronicling J.R.R. Tolkien's writing of his first and arguable best novel.

In many respects, the early drafts of the Hobbit do not differ much from the published version. The first phase of the draft remains startlingly similar to the final book. The key plot elements - from the unexpected party to the trolls to Beorn - are all present. There are a few minor differences, particularly the names (I won't spoilt the surprise, but Gandalf and Thorin go by different aliases).

The end of the second phase of the draft and third, and fourth phases (most of which are covered in this volume) deal with the latter half of the Hobbit story, and boy were there some changes. Bard wasn't the original dragon-slayer - not by long shot! It's fascinating to see how Tolkien originally envisioned the story and how much it differs from the final version.

Finally, the book covers the fifth phase, Tolkien's attempt to rewrite the Hobbit in 1960 to make it better fit the style of Lord of the Rings. Ultimately, Tolkien only got to Rivendell and most of the changes only affect the tone, not the plot, of the story. Still, it's a fascinating "what if".

I took off one star for something that bugged me throughout Rateliff's book. Rateliff supplements Tolkien's drafts with hundreds of detailed endnotes at the end of each chapter commenting on the text. These are generally very insightful, but because they're endnotes it's difficult and quite frustrating to have to flip back and forth to see how the comment relates to the text. This is especially so because the endnotes refer to very specific language or details in the text. The book ought to have used footnotes, or sidenotes such as those found in the Annotated Hobbit, so that readers can read the note right after reading the relevant text.

Other than that quibble, this is a MUST for any Hobbit fan.
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There is a lot more to learn about Bag End than I thought. Very interesting look at a great story and characters. The history and story is very intriguing.
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