Published in 1997, The Hobbit Companion by David Day with illustrations by Lidia Postma is a book all about the meanings behind the words Tolkien created. With sections about hobbit history, Frodo Baggins, Bag End and more, this is a book for any Shire loving fan.
“Exploring the brilliant web of verbal hocus-pocus that J.R.R. Tolkien delightedly spun in ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’, master hobbit investigator David Day 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 enthusiast, ‘The Hobbit Companion’ can only enhance our enjoyment of his dark, mysterious world.”
Along with the text are many beautifully drawn illustrations by Postma. What I love most about them is that not only are there illustrations of characters like Merry and Pippin, there are also ones of many many other hobbits. In fact, there are six pages dedicated to 60, that’s right, 60 hobbits. It’s great to put a face to characters such as Estella Brandybuck and Fredegar Bolger.
So if you want to learn more about what exactly the word “hobbit” means and why Tolkien named Bilbo “Bilbo”, think about getting your hands on this book! It is available to purchase on Amazon.