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The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein


21 September 1937: 'The Hobbit' by J.R.R. Tolkein is published

J.R.R. Tolkein's classic novel The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, was first published 80 years ago by George Allen & Unwin Ltd. The original print run produced only 1500 copies, but the book was so popular that these all sold within three months. Numerous reprints followed, and it went on to be translated into more than forty languages. Throughout his lifetime, Tolkein edited and updated the novel, particularly after he finished writing The Lord of the Rings, so that the narrative continued throughout both.

The artwork for the cover was drawn by J.R.R. Tolkein himself.

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