The Hobbit’s 80th Anniversary

On this day in September, many years ago, there finally was The Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty book, though, filled with beetle-holes and a musty smell, but a Hobbit book, and that means comfort…

Tolkien Gateway Bilbo Comes to Huts of Raft-elves

In other words: J.R.R. Tolkien’s most famousest of novels The Hobbit was first published September 21, 1937, by Allen & Unwin.

Happy 80th Birthday!

Alas, 80 years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable readers—we therefore wish you many more!

Image: Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves via Tolkien Gateway (1937; color drawing; J.R.R. Tolkien)


2 thoughts on “The Hobbit’s 80th Anniversary

  1. Matthew Wright September 22, 2018 / 23:25

    The Hobbit is one of my favourite books – I loved it as a kid (my 1973 copy of the Allen & Unwin paperback is VERY well worn…). But it speaks to adults too. I must re-read it. I must admit, I had very high hopes when Jackson made the movies (all in and around where I live – I recall flying out of Wellington airport one time and getting a very good view of the Dale set as the plane climbed). Those hopes were dashed when it came out… but maybe one day, someone’ll do the book justice.


  2. Eppu September 23, 2018 / 15:04

    I had high hopes of the Hobbit movies as well, although more because of the involvement of various Weta folks. I’ve decided I don’t particularly care about Jackson’s way of telling stories; also it sounds like there was way too much studio meddling around the production. Too bad. Like you say, maybe some day.

    I have to say, I’m a bit envious of your proximity to the filming. 🙂


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