Written by Ella Thomson on Friday, April 13th, 2012

Houghton Miffin Harcourt has acquired the U.S. publishing rights for the tie-in books to the upcoming Peter Jackson movies The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

“Inspired by the two films based on The Hobbit, the companion books are a fantastic way for fans of the world of Middle-earth to immerse themselves in the film experience,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a strong history with the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and we know that the detailed tie-in books will bring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again to life in an in-depth and imaginative way.”

Gary Gentel, President of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Trade and Reference Division, said, “As the long time U.S. publisher of J.R.R. Tolkien, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is thrilled to partner with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and HarperCollins UK on the release of the tie-in book editions of the two films based on The Hobbit into the U.S. market and to offer these marvelous books in all formats to the millions of fans.”

The book deal is for five books to be released this November. The books include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion by Jude Fisher, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide by Brian Sibley, The World of the Hobbits, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Almanac and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Photo Storybook.

The original book, The Hobbit, Or There and Back Again was published in 1937 in the United Kingdom and in 1938 in the United States by George Allen & Unwin. It has been translated into 50 different languages. This is the 75th anniversary of its original publication.


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