The Annotated Hobbit

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The Annotated Hobbit
AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien
EditorDouglas A. Anderson
Illustratorvarious artists
PublisherHoughton Mifflin (US)
Unwin Hyman (UK)
Released28 October 1988 (US)
1989 (UK)

The Annotated Hobbit is an edition of The Hobbit with commentaries by Douglas A. Anderson. It was first published in 1988 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first American publication of The Hobbit by Houghton Mifflin, and later in 1989 by Unwin Hyman.[1] It is the winner of the 1990 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies.[2]


The book includes more than 150 black-and-white illustrations from foreign editions and some that were drawn by Tolkien himself, as well as some photographs. The commentary notably includes a breakdown of all the differences between the original and revised version of chapter five, Riddles in the Dark, printing the altered sentences and sometimes full paragraphs where necessary.

Revised edition

In 2002, a revised and expanded edition was published by Houghton Mifflin. This version included maps and colour paintings. It also provided many new sources, due to the amount of new literature published. The British edition was published in 2003 by HarperCollins.[3] This edition includes several rare or previously unpublished poems and writings by J.R.R. Tolkien:

Third edition

Since at least 2019, rumors have been circulating about a third edition being in the works.[4] Anderson confirmed that he was working on it in a 2021 interview, but that he had also lost a lot of his progress when his house was struck by lightning.[4]

Publication history and gallery

First edition
(Houghton Mifflin)
First edition
(Houghton Mifflin)  
First edition
(Unwin Hyman)
First edition
(Unwin Hyman)  
Revised edition
Revised edition  

See also

External links


  1. Preface to the second edition, The Annotated Hobbit
  2. Complete list of Mythopoeic Awards winners on (accessed 16 May 2023)
  3. The Annotated Hobbit: the Hobbit, or There and Back Again (accessed 21 May 2022)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Interview with Douglas A. Anderson on Youtube(accessed 16 May 2023)
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