Caroline let me know about this new publishing edition of The Hobbit Companion.
THE HOBBIT COMPANION
By David Day with
Illustrations by Lidia Postma
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.
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.
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.
Intriguing to the uninitiated, enchanting to the Tolkien enthusiasts, The Hobbit Companion can only enhance our enjoyment of his dark, mysterious world.
David Day is also the author of the hugely successful The Tolkien Bestiary, Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, Castles and Tolkien’s Ring.
The Hobbit Companion is published on 18th October 2002, priced £4.99 in Padded hardback.
For further material, to request a review copy or set up a reader offer, please contact: Caroline Hollis, Publicity Assistant, Pavilion Books