75 years – An anniversary of The Hobbit

2012 is the 75th Anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit. After 75 years it is still one of the most popular fiction stories ever published. The book is one of the top five all time fiction best sellers and that statistic is not about to change any time soon.

Around the world, events to honour its publication are occurring throughout this year culminating with the release of Peter Jackson’s film adaption, Part One, “The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey”.

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, better known by its abbreviated title The Hobbit, was published on 21 September 1937. The first printing also included 11 black-and-white illustrations and two maps, printed in red and black.

According to Proudfoot: The first printing in 1937 of The Hobbit included only black and white illustrations and two maps. The second printing included four colour plates.

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