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The Hobbit

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is an award-winning fantasy novel and children's book by J. R. R. Tolkien, written in the tradition of the fairy tale. Tolkien wrote the story in the early 1930s to amuse his three sons. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. More recently, The Hobbit has been recognized as the "Most Important 20th-Century Novel (for Older Readers)" by the children's book magazine Books for Keeps. The book has sold an estimated 100 million copies worldwide since first publication.

 

 

 

 

Picture by Ted Nasmith

 

 

Plot

The Hobbit is set in a time "Between the Dawn of Færie and the Dominion of Men", and follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins (the titular "Hobbit") to win his share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug. His journey takes him from light-hearted, rural surroundings into darker, deeper territory, meeting diverse denizens of the Wilderland along the way. By accepting the disreputable, romantic, fey and adventurous side of his nature (the "Tookish" side) and applying his wits and common sense, Bilbo develops a new level of maturity, competence and wisdom.

The story is told in the form of an episodic quest: most chapters introduce a specific creature, or type of creature, of Tolkien's Wilderland. The prose adventure is interspersed with songs and poetry, many of which serve to lighten the tone of otherwise frightening or dramatic scenes. The final chapters deal with the climactic Battle of Five Armies, where many of the characters and creatures from earlier chapters re-emerge to engage in conflict. Critics have drawn parallels with Tolkien's own experiences and the themes of other writers who fought in World War

Credits

Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Keyboards and Programming by Dario Belloni

Cover image by Ted Nasmith

 

Music

Composed, arranged, performed mixed by Dario Belloni

Recorded between May and July 2001

Mixed and mastered in July 2001

Thanks to:

Desirée De Angeli
Corrado Giulio
Paolo Turconi
Andrea Zagato

 

Styles:

As in The Lord of the Rings I use different musical styles: new age, gothic, middle-age taste, classical.

Sounds:

To display all the styles of his work I used different sounds: from acoustic to electric guitars, from analog synths to orchestral instruments.

 

 

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The Hobbit by Dario Belloni is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribuzione-Non commerciale-Non opere derivate 2.5 Italia License

 

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