Today in Literary History – Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was published

Undoubtedly the first foray for many readers into the wondrous world of fantasy writing is the epic novel, “The Hobbit”, by J.R.R.Tolkien, released today in 1937, 81 years ago.

Most recently captured in film form with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, but loved in book form by millions all over the world.  In fact an estimated 100 million copies have been sold worldwide since its publication.

Seeing as I am only just setting out on my own travels from Hobbiton, with just the one book under my belt, and another two in development (including the sequel to my debut novel, “The Jracon’s Burden“), I wouldn’t consider hoping for such sales figures, and am stubbornly proud of my 500+ downloads so far from Amazon.

I can only dream of being as loved and revered as Tolkien is; he truly is the master of epic fantasy and world building on a grand scale.

Hats off to you, John!

Did you know, the original print run of the Hobbit was only 1,500 copies and they sold out within a few weeks, and the second edition had sweeping changes made in order to better suit the story arc of The Lord of The Rings, which was written after the Hobbit…

Tolkien was a good friend of C.S.Lewis and they were both said to frequent a small woodland behind Lewis’s house which was known to be the source of much inspiration for Lewis’s world of Narnia, another beautiful fantasy realm.  The woods were later bequeathed to the local Naturalists’ Trust and, as it happens, my dad became the head volunteer warden for the reserve for a number of years in the late 1980s. It’s a tiny claim to fame, but I’m sticking with it!

Anyway, Happy Hobbit Day and “may the hair on your toes never fall out“!!

 

 

Image credits:
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