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Hobbitus Ille: The Latin Hobbit

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After 75 years, The Hobbit translated for the first time into Latin. Fascinating for Latin learners and for Tolkien fans of all ages.

In foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus. (‘In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.’)

The Hobbit, published 75 years ago, has become one of the world’s most popular classic stories, appealing to adults as much as to the children for whom J.R.R. Tolkien first wrote the book. Translated worldwide into more than 60 modern languages, now Hobbitus Ille is finally published in Latin, and will be of interest to all those who are studying the language, whether at school or at a higher level.

In the great tradition of publishing famous children’s books in Latin, professional classicist and lifelong Tolkien fan Mark Walker provides a deft translation of the entire book. His attention to detail, including the transformation of Tolkien’s songs and verses into classical Latin metres, will fascinate and entertain readers of all ability, even those with only a minimal acquaintance with the language.

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Critical Praise

‘One of the best loved characters in English fiction… a marvellous fantasy adventure’
Daily Mail

‘Finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls… an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, working up to a devastating climax’
The Observer

‘A flawless masterpiece’
The Times

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780007485949
  • ISBN 10: 0007485948
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 09/13/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 11.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
  • BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Classics

Hobbitus Ille: The Latin Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

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