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Red Book

The Red Book of Westmarch was a red-leather bound book written by the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his household-heir Frodo Baggins, (with supplemental information later added by Samwise Gamgee) which chronicled both their adventures, as well as background information which the Bagginses had collected.

Bilbo Baggins started the book and recounted his quest for Erebor, which he called There and Back Again. 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.

Description and HistoryEdit

Inscribed within, it reads:

    My Diary. My Unexpected Journey. There and Back Again. And
What Happened After.

    Adventures of Five Hobbits. The Tale of the Great Ring, compiled by
Bilbo Baggins from his own observations and the accounts of his friends.
What we did in the War of the Ring.


(as seen by the Little People; being the memoirs of Bilbo and
Frodo of the Shire, supplemented by the accounts of their friends
and the learning of the Wise.)

Together with extracts from Books of Lore translated by Bilbo
in Rivendell.

Bilbo's translations of legends from the Elder Days were also added to it, as were various Hobbit poems and a lot of background information on the realms of Arnor, Gondor and Rohan, added to it by Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck.

After Bilbo and Frodo left for Valinor, the Red Book passed into the keeping of Samwise Gamgee, mayor of Hobbiton. The book was left in the possession of Sam Gamgee's eldest daughter, Elanor Fairbairns, and her descendants (the Fairbairns of the Towers or Wardens of Westmarch). Several copies, with various notes and later additions, were made and the original was kept in a red case (with a three-volume Elvish Translation and a fifth volume [genealogical tables and commentaries]). Copies were 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. It also has stitch patterns and beautiful marks around the edges. Bilbo Baggins' initials BB are in gold and it is very smooth, soft and silky to the touch. On the inside, there is a page of contents; writing each story by the four owners. There is a chance that The Adventures Of Tom Bombadil (a book of poems) was written by Samwise Gamgee. However it is unknown what Elanor Gamgee wrote.

Behind the Scenes Edit

In the first edition of The Fellowship of the Ring, Tolkien's foreword claimed he had translated the Red Book from the original Westron into English, and it therefore must be supposed that copies of the book survived through several Ages.

The contents of the Red Book were probably as follows:

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Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Italian Libro Rosso dei Confini Occidentali 
French Livre Rouge de la Marche de l'Ouest
Norwegian Vestmarks Røde bok
Spanish Libro Rojo de la Frontera del Oeste
Chinese (Mainland) 《西界红皮书》

See also Edit

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