The Hobbit and Other Notes… 3

Let books be your dining table,
And you shall be full of delights
Let them be your mattress
And you shall sleep restful nights.

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 in September 1937. 
The first printing sold more quickly than expected, resulting in a  Second Impression being printed in December of 1937, with decorative map endpapers, 4 color and 9 mono plates. The Second Impression is important for the addition of the 4 color illustrations by the author.
This is the only early UK edition published with Tolkien’s color illustrations.

Hobbit Notes:

The Shire:

In the early years, The Hobbits of The Shire considered themselves as subjects of the King, and sent some support troops, a company of archers, to the great battles Arnor fought against Angmar. After the fall of Arnor, the Shire remained a minor but independent region and the Hobbits established a position with the title of Thain to fill the absence of the King.

Bilbo Leaves: 

The morning after the unexpected party, Bilbo awoke to find that the others had departed without him and for that he was pleased, but they had left piles of dishes for him to wash up. After cleaning up, he settled down to a second breakfast.

It was then that Gandalf walked in and asked him what he was doing and why he hadn’t read the message. When Bilbo asked which message he meant, Gandalf went to the mantelpiece and took a not off it and handed it to Bilbo.

It was a message from the Dwarves thinking him for his hospitality, listing terms of agreement for his future services and that he was to meet them at 11:00 a.m. at The Green Dragon Inn.

Gandalf said, “Off you go!”

To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside. Soon he was leaving The Green Dragon on a small pony accompanying thirteen dwarves on an unexpected journey.

But….did anyone know Bilbo had left?


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