The full title is A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Timothy Stege reviewed it last week over at Englewood Review of Books. I have not read a lot of good reviews of the movie, so for the fans Tolkien, the plethora of new books might be the way to get your fix.
The Christmas season is always a time of anticipation, and for lovers of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, this holiday season holds yet another reason to countdown the days in December: the release of the ﬁrst installment of The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson. I haven’t needed a calendar to mark the approach of the release date; several days a week I walk past a bookstore in downtown Chicago on my way to work and watch as the Hobbit-themed merchandise takes up more shelf, table, and window space as the day draws nearer. In addition to various versions of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and other Tolkien works, you can get bobble head Gollums, Bilbo Baggins action ﬁgures, and plastic light-up Sting swords. There are, of course, multiple books capitalizing on the new ﬁlm that present themselves as companions or guides to Tolkien’s story and Jackson’s adaptation.