|A special collector’s film tie-in hardback of the best-selling classic will be released, featuring the complete story with a sumptuous cover design inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and brand new reproductions of all the drawings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.
You have to think that somehow the publishers at Harper Collins are in the same mood as many Tolkien fans these days. And now that I see the cover they have produced for the special collector's edition a big smile appeared on my face. Here we have a cover that has nothing to do with the movies and shows us a scene of Demsterwold. Above the trees we see the butterflies that Bilbo was lucky enough to see, after climbing up in the trees, leaving the dwarves below in the darkness of the forest.
I must say that this cover looks fantastic and I'm happy to see a minimalistic cover like this. The publishers could have chosen any character or film picture from the first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but wisely turned away from that. It seems to many that turning The Hobbit into a trilogy was a bridge too far for many and that even big The Lord of the Rings movie fans now feel that Peter Jackson has finally lost his mind.
So here you have it. The cover of the special collector's edition that ties in with the first movie, and we get a cover that could have been made any day... no link to be seen with the movie at all! May I congratulate the publishers since the cover looks just amazing.
As for this edition I'm very much looking forward to see the brand new reproductions of all drawings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien. And also wondering who is behind this amazing cover design. So far no info about the cover artist is available. But it must be a great illustrator, since the cover is of extremely high quality. Anyone out there who has an idea?
I was not aware that there were being made new reproductions of the drawings by J.R.R. Tolkien and the maps. I wonder how much more quality we can get with all the new printing technology of these days. Well, for one thing, I never expected to get excited about any of the film tie-in editions and now I'm actually looking forward to see one! Where is this heading to?
|Title: The Hobbit [Special Edition]
Authors: J. R. R. Tolkien
Publication Date: 30 Aug 2012
Type: Special Collector's edition, 320 pages
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