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The Hobbit Free read Ó 102 ✓ First published over 50 years ago JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' has become one of the best loved books of all time Now Tolkien's fantasy classic has been adapted into a fully painted graphic novel'The Hobbit' is the story of Bilbo Bagginsa uiet and contented hobbit whose life is turned upside down when he joins the wizard GandFirst published over 50 years ago JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' has become one of the best loved books of all time Now Tolkien's fantasy classic has been adapted into a fully painted graphic novel'The Hobbit' is the story of Bilbo Bagginsa uiet and contented hobbit whose. Please note that this review is for a graphic adaptation of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien For my review of the original book please link hereJean's reviewThis graphic adaptation of The Hobbit was first published in 1990 The artwork is by David Wenzel and JRR Tolkien’s story was abridged and adapted by Chuck Dixon A new edition followed for which David Wenzel made improvements and additions to the original edition including a completely new cover designJust as The Hobbit was an immediate success 80 years ago so this adaptation has become one of the best loved graphic novels of the last uarter of a century It is a beautiful and worthy tribute to the classic storyMost people know the bare outline of the tale The main character is Bilbo Baggins a contented home loving hobbit who likes the uiet life However against his better judgement he is tempted by the thought of an “adventure” His life is then turned upside down when he joins the wizard Gandalf and a group of thirteen dwarves He is employed by them as their “burglar” when they go on a dangerous uest to reclaim their treasure which had been stolen long ago Bilbo becomes increasingly involved meeting with trolls goblins and elves and a strange slippery amphibious creature who calls himself “Gollum” Using his brains and with several opportunities for inventing devious riddles Bilbo eventually realises that it is up to him to enable the dwarves to achieve their long dream and reclaim their homeland Alone he must face and outwit the monster who now guards the stolen hoard of treasure And this monster is a much feared dragon the most dreaded in all Middle earth a worm called SmaugThere are so many fantasy elements and such drama in this story that it is an illustrator’s dream David Wenzel clearly has much respect for Tolkien’s story and has hand painted his hundreds of illustrations in full colour throughout They are beautiful and very painterly Here is the cover illustrationAnd here is a link to the page on David Wenzel’s website with seven illustrations from this bookLink hereIf you click on each of the tiny thumbnails you will see how he uses both muted and vibrant colour and line to create the effects he wishes David Wenzel credits both Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as two of his influences and this is uite evident in his workI particularly like the lush evocative illustrations of the Shire and the atmospheric ones in the dragon’s cave Most startling for me is the way David Wenzel has captured exactly what Bilbo looks like in my mind’s eye a short dumpy male with a bit of a pot belly and plain almost ugly features He has a bulbous nose and a rubicund good natured face All the dwarves are well drawn individuals and very convincing as is Gollum who is uncannily like the Gollum in the films Smaug is a mean looking and terrifying beast It is perhaps as well to remember that this graphic novel was created a good decade before Peter Jackson’s first film of “The Lord of the Rings” and far far before any of his films of The Hobbit Yet there are several similarities Both David Wenzel and Peter Jackson incorporated JRR Tolkien’s maps calligraphy and charts for instance hand drawn and coloured by the author himself It is Tolkien who is responsible for the beautiful lettering and cartographic design not any later artist In a similar way David Wenzel seems to have given a nod to Tolkien’s original water colours in his choice of illustrative techniues and palette The text by Chuck Dixon is also excellent and well matched Although both David Wenzel and Chuck Dixon are American the language used is English and much of it is straight from Tolkien especially the dialogue in the speech bubbles The strip comments are long and extensive; this graphic novel takes a long time to read Only once did I notice a mistake and it was a humdinger Near the beginning Gandalf says “gotten” I can imagine the philologist and stickler for authenticity Mr JRR Tolkien would have blanched at that There were a couple of instances where the American “o” instead of “ou” had crept in for example using “vigor” instead of vigour or “flavor” instead of flavour but they were rare And I particularly appreciated the precise use of punctuation with inverted commas always correctly placed and use being made of semi colonsI was surprised how much I enjoyed this book as I am not the target audience for graphic novels and conseuently not very easy to please If you want to read a graphic adaptation of The Hobbit then you need look no further This is the one It is hard to imagine how it could be bettered within this format And for that reason I rate it a full five stars

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Life is turned upside down when he joins the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their uest to reclaim the dwarves' stolen treasure It is a journey fraught with danger – and in the end it is Bilbo alone who must face the guardian of this treasure the most dreade. Not like the book definitely but it's an adventure to travel with Bilbo in the illustrated story Characters are not exactly how I imagined them the first time I read the book yet anyway it's a great graphic novel For all Middle Earth fans do not have second thoughts

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The HobbitD dragon SmaugIllustrated in full colour throughout and accompanied by the carefully abridged text of the original novel this handsome authorised edition will introduce new generations to a magical masterpiece – and be treasured by Hobbit fans of all ages everywhere. I picked this up on a Tolkien high interested in reading the graphic adaptation of the beloved novel it was based on It had been a while since I read The Hobbit and had uite forgotten a few things so I figured it was time to dive inThe biggest problem with this graphic novel is the amount of words per page Comics almost never have multiple text boxes spread across a page let alone a full novel's worth Some pages were littered with these boxes much to my annoyance And some of these were ridiculously long I don't think this would have bothered me as much if it were Tolkien's words but Dixon lacks the charm Tolkien hadOn the other hand the illustrations are beautiful Water colored works of art grace the reader's eyes always magnificent to look at Indeed David Wenzel did an amazing job of drawing the scenes and crafting the characters Gandalf is perfect as are the Dwarves and Bilbo Smaug is awesome when are dragons not The Elves weren't how I imagined them but still fit the overall stylistic themes of the bookTaking these two together the graphic novel of The Hobbit in no way compares with Tolkien's masterpiece but it's definitely worth the read I wound up skipping large blocks of narration text letting the individual comic panes and character dialogue instead fill in the story It was nice going back to the beginning of the journey that inspires The Lord of the Rings and Charles Dixon's The Hobbit mostly met my expectations Recommended for those interested in Tolkien especially younger readers but I would first recommend reading the novel before this one