The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic (Graphic Novel)

The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic (Graphic Novel)❮Reading❯ ➸ The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic (Graphic Novel) ➰ Author Chuck Dixon – Oaklandjobs.co.uk First published over 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 Hobbi First An Illustrated Edition of eBook ¹ published overyears ago, JRR Tolkien s The An Illustrated eBook ´ Hobbit has become one of the best loved books of all time Now Tolkien s fantasy classic has The Hobbit: ePUB ✓ been adapted into a fully painted graphic novel The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins a quiet and contented hobbit whose life is turned upside down Hobbit: An Illustrated PDF/EPUB Á when he joins the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their quest 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 dreaded 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. When I picked this up I was not impressed I took a fleeting look at the pages and saw artwork that was unglamorous it was basic and unadorned The story just looked like a simplified version of the original So, I stuck it back on my shelf and there it remained for many months I had not time for it I didn t want time for it I looked at it again recently I then read it through and realised how perfect it is in its simplicity I was so wrong the first time I think the movie had altered my p When I picked this up I was not impressed I took a fleeting look at the pages and saw artwork that was unglamorous it was basic and unadorned The story just looked like a simplified version of the original So, I stuck it back on my shelf and there it remained for many months I had not time for it I didn t want time for it I looked at it again recently I then read it through and realised how perfect it is in its simplicity I was so wrong the first time I think the movie had altered my perceptions of what this should be like The movie sacrificed the story for visual effects and action This graphic novel, in retrospect, didn t sacrifice anything It has the essence of the story and the artwork is as it should be it s simple and not entirely serious It s really quite charming in parts The Artwork The artwork in this is mainly consistent with the book As much as I appreciate Martin Freeman s version, he didn t quite have the exact appearance of Bilbo This is only a minor thing But, in this, Bilbo is as fat and ugly as he should be Hobbits aren t supposed to be the most attractive of races In this he is rendered well, as are the dwarves and Gandalf My only issue on a character level is Smaug He just seemed really awkward In other depictions, such as Allan Lee s, he is quite splendid and swift In this he looks old, rusty, and to be quite frank, plump He just didn t look much like the mighty dragon that he is yes, he is old yes, he is has become lazy, but he shouldn t look like his wings wouldn t carry him The real success here is the scenery The Shire is luscious and simple it is homely and basic I think it s illustrated perfectly with its wondrous shades of green This may seem like a simple thing, but it really is a vital thing It is the crux of the story it is the anchor that embodies Tolkien s idea of a far greener country It had to be done right it had to embody the simple, goodly and unrefined aspect of middle earth And it did The Story I m not going into a great deal of detail here I d only be repeating myself I think I said all I could in my full review of the actual novel Here s the link in case anyone wants to read me praising the hell out of it my reviewBut, what I will say is that this brings the story to life Well, that s a bad phrase Tolkien s story is already alive when you read it What I mean is that this presents it in a medium that allows you to physically see it rather than just visualise it Is that better No I think not Let me try again this provides illustrations to aid with an abridged version of the story it enhances the experience, somewhat, because the artwork is so appropriate The ending was what really mattered It was Bilbo s ending it is not about the tragic death of a dwarf who went slightly mad, and then redeemed himself it is not about a boatman who slayed a dragon, and became a renowned hero it is about a Hobbit This is Bilbo s story and no others It is a story about a fearful Hobbit found the courage to trick a dragon and save his friends And that all that matters This evoked the story muchthan that heap of shit Peter Jackson shitted out last Christmas This stayed true to its roots And the game of riddles was even better I do seriously recommend this to lovers of Tolkien s wonderful novel Please note that this review is for a graphic adaptation of The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien For my review of the original book, please link here Jean s reviewThis graphic adaptation of The Hobbit was first published in 1990 The artwork is by David Wenzel, and J.R.R 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 design.Just as The Hobbit was an immedia Please note that this review is for a graphic adaptation of The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien For my review of the original book, please link here Jean s reviewThis graphic adaptation of The Hobbit was first published in 1990 The artwork is by David Wenzel, and J.R.R 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 design.Just 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 quarter of a century It is a beautiful and worthy tribute to the classic story.Most people know the bare outline of the tale The main character is Bilbo Baggins, a contented home loving hobbit, who likes the quiet 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 quest 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 himselfGollumUsing 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 Smaug.There 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 illustration And here is a link to the page on David Wenzel s website with seven illustrations from this book Link 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 quite evident in his work.I 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 ofThe Lord of the Ringsand far, far before any of his films of The Hobbit Yet there are several similarities Both David Wenzel and Peter Jackson incorporated J.R.R 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 techniques 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 saysgottenI can imagine the philologist and stickler for authenticity, Mr J.R.R 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 colons.I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book, as I am not the target audience for graphic novels, and consequently 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 2.5 okay, the art in this is beautiful and very detailed, itself deserves 5 stars for sure.But this just couldn t do the original story justice I get that you can t put all of the original text in a graphic novel, but everything felt soooo rushed and I don t think I would get it all if I haven t read the Hobbit. In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit,Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, nor yeta dry, bare sand hole it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.A well illustrated version of the enchanting Tolkien classic This graphical interpretation of The Hobbit provides a simple yet wonderful retelling experienceMay the windunder your wingsbear you wherethe sun sailsand the moon walks This was given to me by a friend for Christmas back in 92 it is wonderful ill version of The Hobbit very well adapted from Tolkien s book which I have read 10 times over last 40 ys.It can be hard to do justice to such a good book but this surprised me with its great art work it is Shame that the Sillmarlion or The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers or The Return of the King in separate volume have not been done As love see how the Ents came out. 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 As a long time fan of Tolkien since I was a child having even been a TA in a college level Tolkien studies class , I m always interested in how Tolkien is adapted When I saw this graphic novel edition of the Hobbit, I was very curious as to how the story would play in the medium of the comic And I m actually happy to say that the novel itself comes across really well The story, characters and plot are all evenly handled However, a fundmental problem with the medium of comic books would de As a long time fan of Tolkien since I was a child having even been a TA in a college level Tolkien studies class , I m always interested in how Tolkien is adapted When I saw this graphic novel edition of the Hobbit, I was very curious as to how the story would play in the medium of the comic And I m actually happy to say that the novel itself comes across really well The story, characters and plot are all evenly handled However, a fundmental problem with the medium of comic books would definitely be visual approachability In a less dense story, you could show the action in the graphics drawings, and the dialogue in word form But when there s a linear approach to a story s plot, the graphic medium may not be the best way to handle itbecause I found the actual act of reading this book a bit frustratinghaving to re read panels over again because the flow of dialogue and action were a bit confusing ie, do I read this bubble first or that one it seemed to change, depending on the layout So, hence, minus one star.But other than thatthe story has always been a lot of fun riddles rule I don t think I have to praise the original anythan it already has beenbut yeah, anyone who s a fan of fantasy loves it hobbits, the dwarves, the wizard and dragons In short, I ve read the hobbit a handful of timesand as always, it feels like visiting an old friend Thanks to Cory Anthony, reading the Hobbit became an annual autumn tradition The kind of book you can read in a day but encapsulates some of the best sentiments of Thoreau, On The Road, and the kind of wonder that makes kids take off on bikes to explore the places beyond their hometown s city limits to find Trolls frozen in stone, hidden and lost secrets in the deep woods waiting to be found, and new horizons yet to be discovered or imagined A book to read as a kid, but hopefully one you ll n Thanks to Cory Anthony, reading the Hobbit became an annual autumn tradition The kind of book you can read in a day but encapsulates some of the best sentiments of Thoreau, On The Road, and the kind of wonder that makes kids take off on bikes to explore the places beyond their hometown s city limits to find Trolls frozen in stone, hidden and lost secrets in the deep woods waiting to be found, and new horizons yet to be discovered or imagined A book to read as a kid, but hopefully one you ll never be too old to enjoy even wrapped up and warm in your own hobbit hole And who knows, maybe it ll spark that old wanderlust Its a dangerous business going out your door You step onto the road, and if you don t keep your feet there s no knowing where you might be swept off to Major flashback to 89 thanks to an awesome dad Major flashback to 89 thanks to an awesome dad 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 quite forgotten a few things, so I figured it was time to dive in.The 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 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 quite forgotten a few things, so I figured it was time to dive in.The 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 had.On 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 book.Taking 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

The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic
    The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic the end it is Bilbo alone who must face the guardian of this treasure, the most dreaded 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. When I picked this up I was not impressed I took a fleeting look at the pages and saw artwork that was unglamorous it was basic and unadorned The story just looked like a simplified version of the original So, I stuck it back on my shelf and there it remained for many months I had not time for it I didn t want time for it I looked at it again recently I then read it through and realised how perfect it is in its simplicity I was so wrong the first time I think the movie had altered my p When I picked this up I was not impressed I took a fleeting look at the pages and saw artwork that was unglamorous it was basic and unadorned The story just looked like a simplified version of the original So, I stuck it back on my shelf and there it remained for many months I had not time for it I didn t want time for it I looked at it again recently I then read it through and realised how perfect it is in its simplicity I was so wrong the first time I think the movie had altered my perceptions of what this should be like The movie sacrificed the story for visual effects and action This graphic novel, in retrospect, didn t sacrifice anything It has the essence of the story and the artwork is as it should be it s simple and not entirely serious It s really quite charming in parts The Artwork The artwork in this is mainly consistent with the book As much as I appreciate Martin Freeman s version, he didn t quite have the exact appearance of Bilbo This is only a minor thing But, in this, Bilbo is as fat and ugly as he should be Hobbits aren t supposed to be the most attractive of races In this he is rendered well, as are the dwarves and Gandalf My only issue on a character level is Smaug He just seemed really awkward In other depictions, such as Allan Lee s, he is quite splendid and swift In this he looks old, rusty, and to be quite frank, plump He just didn t look much like the mighty dragon that he is yes, he is old yes, he is has become lazy, but he shouldn t look like his wings wouldn t carry him The real success here is the scenery The Shire is luscious and simple it is homely and basic I think it s illustrated perfectly with its wondrous shades of green This may seem like a simple thing, but it really is a vital thing It is the crux of the story it is the anchor that embodies Tolkien s idea of a far greener country It had to be done right it had to embody the simple, goodly and unrefined aspect of middle earth And it did The Story I m not going into a great deal of detail here I d only be repeating myself I think I said all I could in my full review of the actual novel Here s the link in case anyone wants to read me praising the hell out of it my reviewBut, what I will say is that this brings the story to life Well, that s a bad phrase Tolkien s story is already alive when you read it What I mean is that this presents it in a medium that allows you to physically see it rather than just visualise it Is that better No I think not Let me try again this provides illustrations to aid with an abridged version of the story it enhances the experience, somewhat, because the artwork is so appropriate The ending was what really mattered It was Bilbo s ending it is not about the tragic death of a dwarf who went slightly mad, and then redeemed himself it is not about a boatman who slayed a dragon, and became a renowned hero it is about a Hobbit This is Bilbo s story and no others It is a story about a fearful Hobbit found the courage to trick a dragon and save his friends And that all that matters This evoked the story muchthan that heap of shit Peter Jackson shitted out last Christmas This stayed true to its roots And the game of riddles was even better I do seriously recommend this to lovers of Tolkien s wonderful novel Please note that this review is for a graphic adaptation of The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien For my review of the original book, please link here Jean s reviewThis graphic adaptation of The Hobbit was first published in 1990 The artwork is by David Wenzel, and J.R.R 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 design.Just as The Hobbit was an immedia Please note that this review is for a graphic adaptation of The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien For my review of the original book, please link here Jean s reviewThis graphic adaptation of The Hobbit was first published in 1990 The artwork is by David Wenzel, and J.R.R 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 design.Just 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 quarter of a century It is a beautiful and worthy tribute to the classic story.Most people know the bare outline of the tale The main character is Bilbo Baggins, a contented home loving hobbit, who likes the quiet 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 quest 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 himselfGollumUsing 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 Smaug.There 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 illustration And here is a link to the page on David Wenzel s website with seven illustrations from this book Link 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 quite evident in his work.I 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 ofThe Lord of the Ringsand far, far before any of his films of The Hobbit Yet there are several similarities Both David Wenzel and Peter Jackson incorporated J.R.R 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 techniques 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 saysgottenI can imagine the philologist and stickler for authenticity, Mr J.R.R 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 colons.I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book, as I am not the target audience for graphic novels, and consequently 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 2.5 okay, the art in this is beautiful and very detailed, itself deserves 5 stars for sure.But this just couldn t do the original story justice I get that you can t put all of the original text in a graphic novel, but everything felt soooo rushed and I don t think I would get it all if I haven t read the Hobbit. In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit,Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, nor yeta dry, bare sand hole it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.A well illustrated version of the enchanting Tolkien classic This graphical interpretation of The Hobbit provides a simple yet wonderful retelling experienceMay the windunder your wingsbear you wherethe sun sailsand the moon walks This was given to me by a friend for Christmas back in 92 it is wonderful ill version of The Hobbit very well adapted from Tolkien s book which I have read 10 times over last 40 ys.It can be hard to do justice to such a good book but this surprised me with its great art work it is Shame that the Sillmarlion or The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers or The Return of the King in separate volume have not been done As love see how the Ents came out. 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 As a long time fan of Tolkien since I was a child having even been a TA in a college level Tolkien studies class , I m always interested in how Tolkien is adapted When I saw this graphic novel edition of the Hobbit, I was very curious as to how the story would play in the medium of the comic And I m actually happy to say that the novel itself comes across really well The story, characters and plot are all evenly handled However, a fundmental problem with the medium of comic books would de As a long time fan of Tolkien since I was a child having even been a TA in a college level Tolkien studies class , I m always interested in how Tolkien is adapted When I saw this graphic novel edition of the Hobbit, I was very curious as to how the story would play in the medium of the comic And I m actually happy to say that the novel itself comes across really well The story, characters and plot are all evenly handled However, a fundmental problem with the medium of comic books would definitely be visual approachability In a less dense story, you could show the action in the graphics drawings, and the dialogue in word form But when there s a linear approach to a story s plot, the graphic medium may not be the best way to handle itbecause I found the actual act of reading this book a bit frustratinghaving to re read panels over again because the flow of dialogue and action were a bit confusing ie, do I read this bubble first or that one it seemed to change, depending on the layout So, hence, minus one star.But other than thatthe story has always been a lot of fun riddles rule I don t think I have to praise the original anythan it already has beenbut yeah, anyone who s a fan of fantasy loves it hobbits, the dwarves, the wizard and dragons In short, I ve read the hobbit a handful of timesand as always, it feels like visiting an old friend Thanks to Cory Anthony, reading the Hobbit became an annual autumn tradition The kind of book you can read in a day but encapsulates some of the best sentiments of Thoreau, On The Road, and the kind of wonder that makes kids take off on bikes to explore the places beyond their hometown s city limits to find Trolls frozen in stone, hidden and lost secrets in the deep woods waiting to be found, and new horizons yet to be discovered or imagined A book to read as a kid, but hopefully one you ll n Thanks to Cory Anthony, reading the Hobbit became an annual autumn tradition The kind of book you can read in a day but encapsulates some of the best sentiments of Thoreau, On The Road, and the kind of wonder that makes kids take off on bikes to explore the places beyond their hometown s city limits to find Trolls frozen in stone, hidden and lost secrets in the deep woods waiting to be found, and new horizons yet to be discovered or imagined A book to read as a kid, but hopefully one you ll never be too old to enjoy even wrapped up and warm in your own hobbit hole And who knows, maybe it ll spark that old wanderlust Its a dangerous business going out your door You step onto the road, and if you don t keep your feet there s no knowing where you might be swept off to Major flashback to 89 thanks to an awesome dad Major flashback to 89 thanks to an awesome dad 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 quite forgotten a few things, so I figured it was time to dive in.The 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 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 quite forgotten a few things, so I figured it was time to dive in.The 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 had.On 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 book.Taking 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 "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 144 pages
  • The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic (Graphic Novel)
  • Chuck Dixon
  • English
  • 12 April 2019
  • 0613536843