[DWJ] A question about Tove Jansson illustrations of the Hobbit

Katarina Hjärpe head_overheels at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 14 00:51:15 EST 2008

Okay, I've been to look (since I'm Swedish), and the versions of The Hobbit that are available on Swedish book websites don't have illustrations by Tove Jansson. I did manage to find a copy of Jansson's version on a second-hand website, but for the price of 1800 SEK (180 Euro), which, eek! I noticed Otter found one for 140 Euro (still eek!) while most of the rest seem to be the more recent version with Tolkien's own illustrations.

I hope someone else has better luck - meanwhile, I'll keep digging!


> I've been reading my copy of the Annotated Hobbit, which includes
> illustrations from many different editions of the Hobbit.  I particularly
> like Tove Jansson's (I also LOVE her Moomintroll books, of course!)  I've
> been trying to work out how to purchase a copy of that includes all of
> her illustrations, but am having some trouble.  
> There is a Swedish edition published in 1962 by Raben and Sjogren (sorry,
> I can't make my email program do the umlaut over the o there) under the
> title _Bilbo: en hobbits aventyr_ (and an umlaut over the a) and a
> Finnish edition published in 1973 by Kustannusosakeyhtio Tammi under the
> title _Lohikaarmevuori, eli, Eraan hoppelin matka sinne ja takaisin_ (not
> even going to attempt to tell you where the umlauts are).
> I just want it for the illustrations, so would be happy to find either
> edition though I wouldn't be able to actually read them.  But none of the
> bookstore sites I look at seem to have books in Swedish or Finnish.  Are
> there sites similar to Amazon, abebooks or alibris for Swedish or Finnish
> books?   Or does anyone have other suggestions for finding copies?  
> I can find my way to Moominvalley and info about the Moominmuseum, but
> there doesn't seem to be a purchase page there, or anything other than
> Moomin material (though I would love to have some of the dishes that are
> pictured on the site).
> Any help you can offer will be gratefully received!
> Jackie
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