18637RE: [TolkienDiscussions] Re: Chapter One Comments
- Dec 9, 2007<<Once a book is written and published, it is quite hard to release a
"director's cut" later!>>
The Annotated Hobbit has alternate readings from the original edition and
other editions throughout The Hobbit's lifespan. For the most part, thusfar,
the original edition's different readings from what we have today (the
revised version) have been little things. In the 1937 edition Thorin's
parent and grandparent are referenced, but their names aren't mentioned
whereas in the revised edition they are named. Anachronisms like "policemen
rarely patroled in these wild lands" is just changed to something like
"these lands are wilder with few inns or people."
There are a few very small changes or additions in describing the lands the
company walk through in order to make the geography more exactly in line
with what is in LotR. One thing noted is that it takes the dwarves one day
to go from the river Hoarwell to where they meet the trolls, but it takes
the Hobbits and Aragorn six days for the same trip. Apparently Tolkien wrote
some extensive revisioning for this, or wanted to, but it was never used or
never done or decided it was not possible to bring them in line. The
reasoning is unclear in the notation.
So most changes thusfar have been minor. I expect bigger changes come
"Riddles in the Dark."
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