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Press Release: The Hobbit Companion - By David Day

Postby Guest » Tue Oct 15, 2002 12:00 am

<P>Caroline let me know about this new publishing edition of The Hobbit Companion.</P>
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<P><STRONG>PRESS RELEASE</STRONG></P>
<P>THE HOBBIT COMPANION</P>
<P>By David Day with<BR>Illustrations by Lidia Postma</P>
<P>J.R.R. Tolkien was fascinated by words and was a compiler of the Oxford English Dictionary, so it comes as no surprise that in his creative fiction, words themselves proved to be his chief source of inspiration. </P>
<P>The Hobbit Companion explores the theory that Tolkien's imaginative creation started life not as a group of characters and landscapes but as a list of word associations, which gained an identity through their very meaning.  The Old Norse elements of Gandalf, for instance, prove to accurately mean 'magical power,' whilst a Bilbo in Shakespearean times was a short but deadly sword, just like the weapon Bilbo carried throughout his journey.</P>
<P>Exploring this brilliant web of verbal hocus-pocus that Tolkien delightedly spun in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, David Day, master hobbit investigator, reveals the myriad crafty puns and riddles, hidden meanings, and mythical associations beneath the saga's thrilling surface. </P>
<P>Intriguing to the uninitiated, enchanting to the Tolkien enthusiasts, The Hobbit Companion can only enhance our enjoyment of his dark, mysterious world.   </P>
<P>THE AUTHOR<BR>David Day is also the author of the hugely successful The Tolkien Bestiary, Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, Castles and Tolkien's Ring.</P>
<P><BR>The Hobbit Companion is published on 18th October 2002, priced £4.99 in Padded hardback.<BR>For further material, to request a review copy or set up a reader offer, please contact: Caroline Hollis, Publicity Assistant, Pavilion Books<BR></P>
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Got this back in August

Postby Elbren » Wed Oct 16, 2002 6:29 am

<p>I got this book back in August from a <a HREF="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/" TARGET="new">Barnes and Noble</a>s near Atlanta; we were looking at it during DragonCon so I know it was during that time period.<P>Anyhow, the illustrations are at times funny and definitely entertaining. The padded cover is nice, too. It's on my coffee table at home and is a nice looking book.</p>
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Got this back in August

Postby Elbren » Wed Oct 16, 2002 6:29 am

<p>I got this book back in August from a <a HREF="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/" TARGET="new">Barnes and Noble</a>s near Atlanta; we were looking at it during DragonCon so I know it was during that time period.<P>Anyhow, the illustrations are at times funny and definitely entertaining. The padded cover is nice, too. It's on my coffee table at home and is a nice looking book.</p>
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Don't buy this book!

Postby Eluchil » Wed Oct 16, 2002 6:46 pm

<p>David Day's work never passes muster as a serious attempt to understand Tolkien, but this book is especially atrocious.<P>He ignores (without comment) Tolkien's explcit statements In Letters 319 that Hobberdy and the like had no relation to his creation.<P>Others have found some virtue in this book (especially the art). I for one don't care for the pictures, but de gustibus non disputandum. In any event the argument is badly researched and argued and the conclusions silly.</p>
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Don't buy this book!

Postby Eluchil » Wed Oct 16, 2002 6:46 pm

<p>David Day's work never passes muster as a serious attempt to understand Tolkien, but this book is especially atrocious.<P>He ignores (without comment) Tolkien's explcit statements In Letters 319 that Hobberdy and the like had no relation to his creation.<P>Others have found some virtue in this book (especially the art). I for one don't care for the pictures, but de gustibus non disputandum. In any event the argument is badly researched and argued and the conclusions silly.</p>
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