The Hobbit Limited Edition Moleskine Review

The Hobbit Limited Edition Moleskine Review

I don’t think I will ever find a notebook I’m totally happy with. But this Moleskine is certainly the closest thing I’ve come to so far. I have bought many notebooks over the last two years and there is two things I’ve learned. I don’t like ring bound notebooks (which this obviously isn’t) and I prefer thin paper.

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The paper was actually the thing that made me love this notebook so much. It’s very thin but I can still use my favorite pens (even the Staedtler fineliner) without any bleed through. There is some slight shadowing, especially with the LAMY fountain pen but I don’t mind that. I was even able to practice my hand lettering using watercolour paints and various inks. The paper is definitely not made for this but it was still useable.

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Part of the reason I love this paper (and I didn’t realise this till I started using another notebook) was the line spacing. My handwriting tends to be quite small and in certain notebooks – especially the ones from Paperchase – there is quite a large margin between lines. This means I only use a very small amount of the full space on the page. I could cut each margin in half and still have more than enough space to write. In the Moleskine there is a 6mm space between line, I know it’s a silly little thing, but it turns out to be a very important thing.

The Hobbit Limited Edition Moleskine Review

The only downside of the Moleskine notebooks is the price. I think I paid £17 for mine. And to be fair I did get the limited Hobbit edition which looks pretty cool with Smaug on the cover and has some drawings from The Hobbit inside. But I still don’t think it’s worth the price. Especially because it got beat up pretty easily, I mean I did take it everywhere with me for 4 months but I still didn’t think the quality was the best. If anyone knows of a cheaper notebook similar to the Moleskine please leave it in the comments.

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15 Responses to “The Hobbit Limited Edition Moleskine Review”

  1. Mia Squires

    For me notebooks and journals are a pain. To find the right one, well, is a pain. As an artist and writer, I look for the right paper weight. I use spiral for my art work and a sewn journal for my musings. Keep the hunt up! Thanks for the great article.

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    • bluchickenninja

      I’m not even going to get started on finding the right sketchbook. I buy nice paper for final artwork but I try to get the cheapest sketchbooks, that way I don’t feel bad when I make a mess in them!

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  2. Dean

    Moleskine are my favourite type of note/sketchbook. You should keep an eye out in TK Maxx for them–they always have them at a fraction of their RRP!

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  3. crimson613

    I also really like notebooks with smaller line space since my handwriting isn’t all that big >_< unfortunately, a lot of them are wide ruled or expensive and have too little pages :/ right now I have a Casemate classic journal with 240 pages and I'm liking it, I can't remember how much I paid for it though @_@ it's not the best but I use it to just take notes and write down ideas

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  4. resili0

    I have the Alice in Wonderland Moleskine. It is in my drawer as my diary so it doesn’t get carried about much. As a place to write, I like the paper quality and line spacing. The wallet at the back is a nice touch too, I store mementos in there.

    My favourite and most durable notebook is a leather notebook I bought from a friend, Black Orchard Books. It is red and the paper inside is lovely.

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  5. annarobots

    OMG this looks so nice!! At first I thought it was an amazing edition of the Hobbit though, which would be possibly even better!

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  6. johnnyinterceptor

    Have you tried the Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks? I prefer them to Moleskine now, they have a good index and the paper has less bleed with a fountain pen.

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  7. jessicacrafts

    I do love the paper in my moleskin and yours looks awesome but I prefer spiral bound notebooks. I find them just so much easier to use.

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    • bluchickenninja

      See I bought a really nice spiral bound notebook from Paperchase but I hated using it because the spiral would get in the way when I was writing. I think it’s a very personal thing.

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      • jessicacrafts

        Send me it and I’ll send you the hundreds of cloth bound ones I always buy cos they look pretty! Haha! I know I don’t like them but I can’t resist buying them!

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        • bluchickenninja

          I totally would! But I did that thing where I started using a notebook then left it for something else. I love the super fancy notebooks you can get in Waterstones, but I’ve never bought one, they are always just a little too expensive for me.

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