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First Edition: The Hobbit

My worn copy of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein was published by George Allen & Unwin – the edition dates from 1966 – and cost 50p/10s. I’m not sure of the date it was bought for me, I remember reading it when I was about 11 or 12, which corresponds with the dual pricing on the back cover [the UK adopted decimal currency in 1971 and for a time, goods and services had dual prices]. I particularly love the cover, which is an early sketch by the author. The story This is a quest, a journey both geographically and of personality, undertaken by a quiet unassuming hobbit called Bilbo Baggins. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know the story? The themes of personal growth and bravery are rooted in Tolkein’s experiences during the Great War. Never out of print, The Hobbit appears not only as book and film editions, audiobooks and games, but also stage adaptations and video games and countless merchandise. Forget all of that, and go back to the book. The film  Tolkein’s novel was taken by Peter Jackson – director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy – and turned into a trilogy, although for much of
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If books were real, Bilbo Baggins…

Bilbo Baggins would potter around in an old garden shed, feeding tame blackbirds with crumbs from his breakfast toast.   ‘The Hobbit’ by JRR Tolkien [UK: Harper Collins] How would other fictional characters behave, if they were real? Jamie Fraser in ‘Cross Stitch’ Mikael Blomkvist in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo’ Jack Ryan in ‘Patriot Games’ And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: If #books were real, Bilbo Baggins would have a shed: THE HOBBIT by JRR #Tolkein via @SandraDanby
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