Hobbit fever is taking over Oxford and no wonder why, the second film in the series is coming out soon, the Bodleian Library just concluded a successful Fantasy Book exhibition, and we’re getting closer to Christmas! What’s better than curling up to Tolkien with a flask of mulled wine? Or maybe a cup, let’s stick to the cup people.
Awesome Hobbit Covers
Contender 1: Simple Wonders
I don’t own this version of the hobbit, in fact, I must confess the copy I have is from a LOTR set, which is great but I really want a stand alone copy of The Hobbit. If so, I think I’d choose this one! It’s simple and features a Tolkien-esque dragon on the cover.
In my opinion, this looks like an adult copy.
Contender 2: Classic Fantasy Illustration
I dislike classic fantasy illustrations but this one is so quant and beautiful, how can you not like it?
I wouldn’t buy it but I’ve seen this copy in a few libraries and stores, clearly classic is still quite popular.
Contender 3: Illustrative Details
This is clearly a copy or take on The Hobbit film posters, however, an artist has rendered Bilbo and I think it’s so much cuter because of it.
This copy screams children’s copy, to me, so I’d likely give it to a child during Christmas.
Contender 4: Smaug Looks Terrifying
I’ve seen a few Smaug covers, with Tolkien’s original dragon, as well as a few interpretations. However, I like this one for the sheer terror that the cover conveys. It’s a bit classical, but I think it was done by a contemporary artist? The runes on the top invoke traditional covers, and Smaug looks ever so inviting (not). I think traditional fantasy buffs might like this version?
Contender 5: Contemporary Take
I want this copy so badly! Isn’t it stunning?! It’s simple and a completely new take on the series, it’s wonderful to see the sprawling mountains and the red moon.
Christmas anyone? How are you celebrating The Hobbit?!