Thread: 67th Anniversary: The Hobbit
Thank you J.R.R. Tolkien for creating such a wonderful world, and letting us get a peek at your thoughts by giving us your amazing story you call the "Hobbit." For children (like when I first read it) and adults (I am still reading it) this story is pure entertainment. Still grasping the complexity of your magnificent world - you bring us to simpler times, full of adventure and suspense, happiness and at times - sadness. Thank you, for writing the Hobbit, and having it published, 67 years ago, this week.
The Hobbit has got to be the second best fiction book ever written.
So thank you, John Ronald Ruel. You have given me tears of enjoyment, and opened my eyes to the world of 'faerie', which is a fabulous place to be.
He said to me one day,
"when I own my own house, I will build a room in it with floor to roof bookshelves, grand, ornate, oak or wood shelves.... in the center of the center shelf in this room, I will have one book: The Hobbit. There will be nothing else on the shelves."
(later he revised his statement and said "two books -- the Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. No, wait, three -- the Bible too. No, wait, four -- the Narnia chronicles too." Still -- it is significant that even though he "never" reads, his first thought was to enshrine the Hobbit in a place of honour in his household -- he thought of it as the only book worth owning for a non-reader like himself).
Alright guys, this week is a special one for the Hobbit. 67 years ago this week...
could only narrow it down to a week, anyone know exactly what day it was 1st published?
Sixty-eight years after the book was published, it is still loved... amazing right... *Tips hat*
Edit: It isn't 68 years... It's 70... 2007 - 1937 = 70
Without a doubt One of the best books ever written!
Just imagine, in an ordinary house, in an attic room sparsely furnished and a little untidy, there sat an English professor, tired from having to mark extra papers late at night to make a few more shillings to take care of his family. And there, among the test papers was an extra sheet. Clear, clean, unmarked and he suddenly picked up a pen in his tired fingers and wrote "Once there lived in a hole in the ground, a hobbit." ( (i just realized I don't remember the exact wording, yikes.).
But at any rate, that tiny strange sentence was the beginning of a fifteen year labour of love exploring all sorts of hobbits, men, elves, dwarves, orcs and well an entire world called Middle-Earth.
Imagine if another person somewhere else in the world scribbled down similar words on a piece of paper, but instead dismissed them as a folly of the mind and threw the piece of paper away.
I do think about things like that a lot. And I have witnessed this sort of thing in real life. And.........hey Vir, it is so lovely to hear your voice. Just awesome.