Sep 22, 2013

Tolkien's "The Hobbit" Turns 76

On Sept. 21, 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tale, The Hobbit, first hit bookstore shelves. According to an article from, the story had rather inauspicious beginnings.

Tolkien, and English professor at the University of Leeds, was grading test papers during the summer of 1928 when he scribbled the words, "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit" on a student's blank answer sheet.

Today, The Hobbit - and the Lord of the Rings trilogy which Tolkien subsequently published - rank among the all-time most popular works of both literature and film.

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