Once again a new Hobbit with a cover by Tolkien. And no, this time not from Evertype. This Hobbit comes from Finland.
The bookshop did not ship to The Netherlands and then Esther in Sweden ordered this book for me (thanks again, Esther).

Published by WSOY, hardback no dust jacket issued, first thus in 2020.

This Hobbit is # 767 in my Hobbit collection.
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What you see here is a very special Hobbit. It is the first and only printing of The Hobbit in the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, former Eastern Germany).

It took me many years to find a copy for my collection, but now … he’s here. Thanks to former owner Holger F. from Switzerland. Thanks again, Holger.

This Hobbit (hardback with dust jacket) was published in 1971 by Der Kinderbuchverlag in Berlin. The translation and illustrations were by Walter Schervand and Klaus Ensikat. Indeed, they lived in (former) Western Germany.

This Hobbit is # 765 in my Hobbit collection. Thanks to this Hobbit now in 83 languages / from 83 countries.

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This month is a very good months for new Hobbits to arrive. This time no less than eight new Hobbits arrived.

Three from China and three from Japan, all six thanks to Norton men in China. He bought them and sent them to me. Thanks again Norton Men!

And, very special, two FIRST printings. One from Chech Republic (1978) and one from Slavakia (1973). Thanks to Lukáš Bajgar, who found the and bought them for me. Thanks again, Lukáš!

Yes, that’s an important part of collecting: friend all over the world that help. And, if you should see Hobbits, missing in my collection, please, let me know.

I now have 760 Hobbits from 82 countries / in 82 languages and at least five more Hobbits are on their way. To be continued.

These are the new arrivals:



This time no less than eleven new Hobbits arrived. Thanks to a “Tauschhandel” (German word for barter) with German Hobbit collector Brigitte. Thanks again, Brigitte.

We traded duplicate Hobbits to help expand each other’s collections. By the way, Brigitte has more Hobbits than I do. Thanks to her, I know there are still several Hobbits that I don’t have and I now know what they look like. The hunt continues ….

These new Hobbits could be added to my collection: Mongolia 2018, Estonia 1995 and 2019, Bengali hardbacks 2015 (with and without dust jacket), Denmark 1995 and Sweden (2001 and 2002)  Plus: very special is a set of three Russian Hobbits. They look the same (with a different color), but they each have a different translator.

Here they are:

Soon more new Hobbits will follow. Three from Japan, three from China, two from Brittanie, one from Czec Republic (FIRST) and one from Slovakia (FIRST).


This time a Hobbit from Hungaria arrived. It’s the Hobbit illustrated by Jemima Catlin.
This Hobbit is without any doubt my favorite illustrated Hobbit.
I now have ten different editions illustrated by Jemima Catlin: three different editions from UK, one from the US of A and editions from Italy, China, Romenia, Spain, Czech republic and now Hungary.

This Hobbit is # 740 in my Hobbit collection from 82 countries / in 82 languages. Soon 15 more Hobbits will follow.

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