Thanks to Janice, for pointing out the following link to me, in which THE HISTORY OF THE HOBBIT* heads the list of the geekiest gifts of the season:
Here's what their first contributor, Nikki Rau-Baker, has to say about the book:
"A must for anyone gearing up for the upcoming big-screen version of The Hobbit:"The History of The Hobbit" by John D. Rateliff, covers the beginnings of The Hobbit with such tidbits of information as the original names of the dwarves and the shocking revelation that the leader was initially called Gandalf."
--to which I have just two words to say: Woo and Hoo!
current audiobook: THE WAR LOVERS **
current reading: THE CANARY MURDER CASE by S. S. Van Dine ***
*the new one-volume edition, I assume -- geeks being early adaptors, they'd want H.o.H. 2.0
**(T.R., Lodge, Hearst, &c)