The Hobbit

One of the many bedtime stories Ronald Tolkien told his children was the tale of the somewhat droopy hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who undertook a journey with thirteen dwarves to find a dragon's hoard. By coincidence the unfinished manuscript came to the attention of London publisher George Allen & Unwin. They urged Tolkien to finish the story. On 22 September 1937 The Hobbit was published and to the amazement of Tolkien it became a best-seller. By christmas time a second editon appeared, this time with colour illustrations made by Tolkien on the request of the American publisher. The first edition had only linedrawings by Tolkien.


In the many editions listed below some have no illustrations at all, others only the black and white ones by Tolkien, others both the b&w and the colour ones. With each edition this is indicated.

The editions are listed chronologically. The oldest first.

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Hobbit scull

Homo floresiensis

Homo floresiensis ("Flores Man", nicknamed "hobbit" and "Flo") is a possible species, now extinct, in the genus Homo. The remains were discovered in 2003 on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Partial skeletons of nine individuals have been recovered, including one complete cranium (skull).[1][2] These remains have been the subject of intense research to determine whether they represent a species distinct from modern humans, and the progress of this scientific controversy has been closely followed by the news media at large. This hominin is remarkable for its small body and brain and for its survival until relatively recent times (possibly as recently as 12,000 years ago).[3] Recovered alongside the skeletal remains were stone tools from archaeological horizons ranging from 94,000 to 13,000 years ago.

Exact replica in polystone of the scull. Handpainted.*