Stockholm: Kooperativa Förbundets, 1947. [Children's Fantasy] FIRST SWEDISH EDITION, being the first foreign language edition. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.269;  blank. With illustrations by Tarbjörn. Publisher's cloth-backed illustrated boards, endpaper maps. A few small marks to page edges, one or two short tears within (printed on thin paper), light wear only to covers, spine a little sunned. An attractive copy. The controversial first translation of this work into any language, and also the first translation of any of the author's writing. Upon publication, Tolkien took great umbrage at Förbundets failure to use the book's correct title and their disrespectful butchering of the text. As a result, this edition was suppressed and replaced by an approved translation entitled 'Bilbo' (Hallqvist, 1962). Item #53291
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