A few months ago I posted some charming foreign language editions of JRR Tolkien’s beloved children’s story The Hobbit, featuring illustrations from some truly talented artists. Time for another I think… Continue reading Kääbik, Estonian edition of The Hobbit (1977)
Published in 1976 O Poveste Cu Un Hobbit (“A Story About a Hobbit”) was the first illustrated Romanian-language edition of JRR Tolkien’s classic children’s story The Hobbit. Continue reading The Hobbit (O Poveste Cu Un Hobbit) Romanian Edition, 1976
Bilbo Le Hobbit, published in 1976, was the first illustrated French language edition of JRR Tolkien’s classic children’s story. Continue reading Bilbo Le Hobbit (1976)
Published in 1991, this Czech edition of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit featured cover artwork and illustrations by Jiří Šalamoun.
Continue reading Hobit, Czech edition of The Hobbit (1991)
I’m going to continue in a Tolkien vein (click here for my post on Cees Kelfkens’ charming cover to the Dutch edition of The Hobbit) by highlighting this excellent Lord of the Rings poster by Jimmy Cauty released by Athena in 1976. Continue reading Lord of the Rings poster by Jimmy Cauty (1976)
“And lo, as foretold, the epic of the Return of the King
ends at the beginning of the new age of man”
The third instalment in this early Tolkien movie ‘trilogy’ is a bit of an oddity. After the proposed sequel to Ralph Bakshi’s animated The Lord of the Rings was cancelled, fans probably thought they’d never see a cinematic conclusion to the story. However in 1980 the production team responsible for The Hobbit TV special from three years earlier returned to the world of J.J.R Tolkien to wrap up the story and provide a sequel (of sorts) to Bakshi’s film. Continue reading The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 3: The Return of the King (1980)
“One ring to rule them all; one ring to find them.
One ring to keep them all, and in the darkness bind them!”
After the success of The Hobbit TV special of 1977, Tolkien fans didn’t have to wait long for the next Middle-earth adaption – less than a year in fact. On 15th November 1978 the first attempt to translate JRR Tolkien’s most famous work to the big-screen was released: director Ralph Bakshi’s ambitious The Lord of the Rings. Continue reading The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 2: The Lord of the Rings (1978)
“I’m Mr. Bilbo Baggins, I’ve lost my dwarves,
my wizard and my way.”
Before director Peter Jackson’s hugely successful adaption of The Lord of The Rings, and his equally ambitious interpretation of The Hobbit, there were other attempts to bring the world of JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth to the screen. Three animated adaptions in particular formed their own Tolkien trilogy of sorts, beginning with The Hobbit in 1977. Continue reading The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 1: The Hobbit (1977)