Bilbo is getting a makeover. Harper Collins is releasing a brand new edition of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit with over 150 colour illustrations by Dorset-based artist Jemima Catlin. The stunning new edition will be released on September 12th 2013, with a deluxe edition and 2014 calendar to follow. The last illustrated edition of The Hobbit was decorated by Alan Lee fifteen years ago. David Brawn from Harper Collins discussed the new illustrations in the book’s official press release

“I wanted to publish an edition of The Hobbit that pulled it back from the cinematic fantasy of the films and reintroduced that sense of adventure and magic that Tolkien’s own children must have felt when he first read them the story…I love how Jemima has taken all her cues from the text – simple things like the different coloured beards of the Dwarves that it is so easy not to notice when reading the book.”

Jemima Catlin said “I have always loved J.R.R Tolkien’s work and The Hobbit is by far one of my favourite books. Tolkien’s detailed descriptions of light and atmosphere really inspired me and encouraged me to experiment with new techniques. He imbues characters with such life and personality that drawing them was an absolute pleasure.”

You can pre-order the new Hobbit from the Official Tolkien Bookshop

You can follow Jemima on Twitter and Facebook and visit her website here


The Hobbit in hardcover, Deluxe Edition and Calendar Illustrated by Jemima Catlin

The Hobbit hardcover, Deluxe Edition and the 2014 Calendar Illustrated by Jemima Catlin


About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

One Response

  1. Melissa

    That looks beautiful! I’ll definitely be wanting one of those. Thank you for sharing!