The Hobbit is coming as are the film tie-in publications (07.06.12 by Pieter Collier) - Comments

The Hobbit, first published by George Allen & Unwin in the UK in 1937 and in the U.S. in 1938, has been a perennial bestseller. Since then, it has gone on to sell many millions of copies in more than 60 languages, the latest being in Irish and soon in Latin as well.

In this 75th anniversary year of its publication, is set to captivate another generation of readers. The major drive for this will be The Hobbit movie adaptations by Peter Jackson.

At least five titles will be released by all major Tolkien publishing companies early November, in advance of the December 14 debut of the first film.
They include, next to the usual calendars and diaries, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion by Jude Fisher, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide by Brian Sibley, The World of the Hobbits, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Activity Book and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Photo Storybook by Paddy Kempshall.

The second film, has been retitled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. And the third and final film, which now takes on the title The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will arrive in theaters on July 18, 2014.

Inspired by the two films based on The Hobbit, the companion books are a fantastic way for fans of the world of Middle-earth to immerse themselves in the film experience. The detailed tie-in books will bring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to life in an in-depth and imaginative way. There will be books for adults and kids, small paperbacks and nice looking hardbacks... yes their will be Hobbit movie images all over the place! It will be a global publishing event long to remember.
The Hobbit, Unexpected Joruney Teaser Poster



Case you missed it, some more about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the other two The Hobbit movies

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of three films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit. The second film, has been retitled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. And the third and final film, which now takes on the title The Hobbit: There and Back Again. All three films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The screenplays for The hobbit franchise are by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson. Jackson is also producing the films, together with Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Ken Kamins, Toby Emmerich and Zane Weiner, with Boyens serving as co-producer.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins. Also reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.

Watch the latest movie blog by Peter Jackson here (sure you will like this and get all excited).

As you can see this will become a big movie, with probably the highest expectations ever put to a film release. Already in April Harper Collins announced it received the rights to produce some film tie-in, Houghton Mifflin (even being in trouble) followed a little later. Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, now seem to have taken up the publishing of the movie tie-ins. Of course there are no images available, but don't worry you will see more then enough of them when the time comes. But here is the list of some of the books that start to show up. I'm probably just going to pre-order them right now, since by the time The Hobbit movies come I will have many more interesting books to buy.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion

A companion volume to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that will introduce readers to the characters and settings of Peter Jackson's film. Full-color throughout with gatefold maps.

This official tie-in photo guidebook is packed with exclusive photographs and in-depth text offering a sneak peek at the highly anticipated new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson.

Richly illustrated with more than 100 colour photos from the film, and featuring a brand new fold-out map charting the journey from Bag End to Wilderland, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion begins the Quest for the Lonely Mountain in spectacular style.

Jude Fisher is a pseudonym for an established fantasy author. Her Two Towers Visual Companion was a New York Times bestseller..
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion
Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion

Publishers:
HarperCollins, Mariner Books and Houghton Mifflin
Author: Jude Fisher

Publication Date:
November 2012

Type:
hardcover, 72 pages
ISBN-10: 0547898568
ISBN-13: 978-0547898568
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide

Packed with exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs, this official illustrated guide tells the detailed story of the making of the highly anticipated new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson.

Enter Bilbo Baggins’ world through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and all the principal cast and filmmakers, who share film-making secrets and tales of what it was actually like making movie magic in Middle-earth.

Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, locations, sets, creatures and costumes, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide has been produced in collaboration with the filmmakers who have brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel into breathtaking three-dimensional life.

Brian Sibley is the author of The Map of Tolkien's Middle-earth, Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie, and The Land of Narnia: Exploring the World of C.S. Lewis. He lives in England.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide
Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide

Publishers:
HarperCollins, Mariner Books and Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Brian Sibley

Publication Date:
November 2012

Type:
paperback, 120 pages
ISBN-10: 054789855X
ISBN-13: 978-0547898551
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Activity Book

A special teaser for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the form of a children's activity book, featuring photos and puzzles throughout.

Packed with stunning photos, facts, and activities from the brilliant new movie. Join Bilbo Baggins on his unexpected journey across the wilds of Middle-earth with Gandalf the wizard and a company of thirteen Dwarves.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Activity Book
Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Activity Book

Publishers:
HarperCollins, Mariner Books and Houghton Mifflin
Author: Paddy Kempshall

Publication Date:
November 2012

Type:
hardcover, 64 pages
ISBN-10: 0547898711
ISBN-13: 978-0547898711
The Hobbit: The World of the Hobbits

From Bilbo Baggins and Bag End to the Shire and the world beyond Hobbiton, The World of the Hobbits takes young readers behind the scenes, to reveal the characters and locations of the film.

With fascinating details on set-building, the challenges of using scale doubles for the tiny Hobbits, and the visual effects behind the world they inhabit.

Enter the amazing World of Hobbits. Packed with photos from the new film, this book will tell you all you need to know about these amazing creatures – their appearance, appetites, homes, friends, deadly foes and much more.
The Hobbit: The World of the Hobbits
Title: The Hobbit: The World of the Hobbits

Publishers:
HarperCollins, Mariner Books and Houghton Mifflin
Author: Paddy Kempshall

Publication Date:
November 2012

Type:
paperback, 48 pages
ISBN-10: 0547898738
ISBN-13: 978-0547898735
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Photo Storybook

This full-color storybook relays the narrative highlights of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with photos and descriptive text and makes a wonderful visual souvenir for younger readers.

Relive the story of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in this fantastic photo-filled book. Battling against Goblins, Wargs and other forces of evil, will Bilbo Baggins and the Company of Dwarves find the strength to help recapture the lost Kingdom of Erebor? With this amazing retelling of the movie, you too can visit Middle-earth.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Photo Storybook
Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Photo Storybook

Publishers:
HarperCollins, Mariner Books and Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Paddy Kempshall

Publication Date:
November 2012

Type:
paperback, 48 pages
ISBN-10:
054789872X
ISBN-13:
978-0547898728
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013

Published in advance of the amazing new movie by Peter Jackson, this is the OFFICIAL Hobbit Annual, packed with stills, characters and information from the movie sensation.

Join Bilbo Baggins on his unexpected journey across the wilds of Middle-earth with Gandalf the Wizard and a company of thirteen Dwarves!

This Annual is the ideal gift for all Hobbit and movie fans. Full of character profiles, Hobbit activities and information, this is the perfect companion to the blockbuster movie.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013
Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013

Publishers:
HarperCollins and Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Paddy Kempshall

Publication Date:
August 2012

Type:
hardcover, 64 pages
ISBN-10:
0007487347
ISBN-13:
978-0007487349
The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey 2013 Calendar

Fans are ready to return to Middle-earth! This highly anticipated theatrical event is commemorated beautifully in our collectible wall calendar.

Full-color images and custom grids will keep customers counting down days until the movie's December 2012 release.
The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey 2013 Calendar
Title: The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey 2013 Calendar

Publishers:
Meadwestvaco and Day Dream

Publication Date:
October 2012

Type:
wall calendar
ISBN-10:
1423817915
ISBN-13:
978-1423817918


The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey 2013 Special Edition Calendar

Celebrate the new film with a collector's treasure! Shaped like a treasure chest and sporting calendar scrolls with storyboard sketches, this is a fantasy fan's dream gift come true!
The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey 2013 Special Edition Calendar
Title: The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey 2013 Special Edition Calendar

Publishers:
Meadwestvaco and Day Dream

Publication Date:
October 2012

Type:
special edition calendar
ISBN-10:
1423817761
ISBN-13:
978-1423817765

Enjoyed this post? Click to get future articles delivered by email or get the RSS feed.


Spread the news about this J.R.R. Tolkien article: