According to J.R.R. Tolkien’s lore, the entire tale of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings was translated from a collection of journals entitled the Red Book of. In origin the diary and commentaries of Bilbo Baggins, with additions by his heir Frodo and by Samwise Gamgee, the Red Book was the original source for the. 5 Apr Within his canonical works Tolkien was deliberately vague about certain aspects of the Red Book of Westmarch but it’s still possible to state a.

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A similar work in some respects was the Yearbook of Tuckboroughthe annals of the Took family of hobbits of Tuckborough. Bilbo later expands his memoirs into a record of the bpok of The Lord of the Ringsincluding the exploits of his kinsman Frodo Baggins and others.

The Encyclopedia of Arda – Red Book of Westmarch

We could use the movies as a reference, but I was wondering if it’s ever mentioned anywhere in the text whether or not the star and ‘BB’ initials are inlaid with gold or silver.

The Red Book of Westmarch sometimes Red Book of the Periannathand The Downfall of the Lord of the Ringsalso known as the Thain’s Book after its principal version is a fictional manuscript written by hobbitsa conceit of author J. The Philosophers’ Magazine This work, Translations from the Elvish, by B. The Return of the King. He later gave the book to Frodo at Rivendell after completing it, and Frodo organized Bilbo’s manuscript and used it to write down his own quest during the War of the Ring.

There was a fifth volume containing commentaries, genealogies, and various other matter concerning the hobbit members of the Fellowship. Views Read Edit View history. Bilbo Baggins started the book and recounted his quest for Ereborwhich he called There and Back Again.

These four volumes were “probably” according to Tolkien kept in a single red case. It was also known as the Great Writ of Tuckborough and the Yellowskinsuggesting that it was bound in yellow leather or some other yellow material.


Updated 20 September Updates planned: Tolkien as Metafictionist’, Tolkien Studies, 7 The original article was at Red Book of Westmarch. The pages are high-quality textured writing paper, laser printed and finally aged by hand giving them a time-worn appearance. Several copies, with various notes and later additions, were made and copies were passed if to future generations, of which one, the ” Thain’s Book “, is the most important.

Red Book of Westmarch – LotR movie prop replica

In Jared Lobdell Ed. These works include the Tale of Years part of which was used as the timeline for The Lord of the Rings and Herblore of the Shirewritten by Frodo’s contemporary Meriadoc Brandybuckused for information about pipe-weed.

For comparison, The Lord of the Rings commences in the year T. This copy was known as the Thain’s Book and “contained much that was later omitted or lost”. The Tale of the Great Ring, compiled by Bilbo Baggins from his own observations and the accounts of his friends. This page uses content from Wikipedia. Copies re passed on to future generations, of which one, the ” Thain ‘s Book “, is the most important.

From the cover it is properly red colored; and has signature print on the top, shaped as a shine of light. There and Back Again. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Contents [ show ].

For the LoTR and Hobbit, you’re absolutly right. Tolkien says neither hobbit seemed willing “to delete anything actually written by the old hobbit himself.

Red Book of Westmarch – Wikipedia

The Heritage of Aragorn. This page was last edited on 5 Septemberat The Hobbit was later revised for consistency.

The quote in Matt’s answer is taken from the second or later edition. Frodo then passes the book onto his friend, Sam Gamgee, who in turn records several poems he heard or composed during his lifetime. Nevertheless, it must have predated Bilbo’s departure by some time, and may even date back to his journey to Erebor sixty wetmarch before.


However it is unknown what Elanor Gamgee wrote. Adventures of Five Hobbits.

The Red Book of Westmarch

In the first edition of The Fellowship of the RingTolkien’s foreword claimed he had translated the Red Book from the original Westron into Englishand it therefore must be supposed that copies of the book survived through several Ages. The Red Ded of Westmarch was a red-leather bound book written by the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his household-heir Frodo Bagginswith supplemental information later added by Samwise Gamgee which chronicled both their adventures, as well as background information which the Bagginses had collected.

Together with extracts from Books of Lore translated by Bilbo in Rivendell. Originally written by Bilbo Baggins and expanded by his nephew Frodo, the Red Book then passed into the hands of Samwise Gamgee who finally entrusted it to his eldest daughter Eleanor.

I’ve poured through the appendices, and some of Tolkien’s notes, but I’ve not found anything. Based on this, the book seems to envision something with no decoration at all—no “BB” nor decorative star nor anything else. This version survives until Tolkien’s time, and he translates the Red Book from the original languages into English westmarcg other representative languages or lects e. The book is complete with matching leather ties, just like the original prop from The Lord of the Rings.

When we learn that the most important source of Welsh Celtic lore was preserved in the fourteenth-century Red Book of Hergest, we realize that Tolkien is making a small scholarly joke in naming his ‘source’ of Elf-lore the Red Book of Westmarch “.

Tolkien writes of several other historical documents related to the Red Bookbut it is unclear whether these were integrated into editions. Adventures of Five Hobbits.