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Posted by Thorin (Citizen # 816) on :
 
Seventy years ago this Friday, on 21 September 1937, The Hobbit went on sale.

I think the initial print run was 1,500 copies. It has come a long way in the past 70 years.

The Hobbit is still my all-time favorite book. []
 
Posted by Wandering Tuor (Citizen # 1685) on :
 
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Raynor Unwin, then 10 years old, wrote a "report" on The Hobbit when it was submitted for publication in 1936:
quote:
"This is a good book and should appeal to all children between the ages of 5 and 9".
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[ 09-17-2007, 10:52 AM: Message edited by: Wandering Tuor ]
 
Posted by Thorin (Citizen # 816) on :
 
I'm not between the ages of 5 and 9. []
 
Posted by Wandering Tuor (Citizen # 1685) on :
 
Raynor may have gotten the target age range wrong - he was only 10 at the time, after all - but the important thing is, he liked the book.

[ 09-18-2007, 10:17 AM: Message edited by: Wandering Tuor ]
 
Posted by Varnafindë (Citizen # 4097) on :
 
quote:
but the important thing is, he liked the book.
Which, I seem to remember, was an important factor in his father's decision to take the book on for publication. []
 
Posted by Thingol of Doriath (Citizen # 2718) on :
 
70 years... seems like it was only yesterday I received the 50th special edition as a present. I'm getting old! []
 
Posted by Lord Glorfindel (Citizen # 3110) on :
 
Wow, its still pretty nifty for a 70yr old!
 
Posted by Thorin (Citizen # 816) on :
 
Happy birthday, Bilbo!
 
Posted by Wandering Tuor (Citizen # 1685) on :
 
You're early.
 
Posted by Hamfast Gamgee (Citizen # 5528) on :
 
But I'm not. Not for the UK anyway! Which, let's face it is where the Shire was. So let me say Happy Birthday to Frodo and Bilbo! Oh, and if either of you are starting out on any desperate journey's today, beware!
 
Posted by Snöwdog (Citizen # 15) on :
 
... and we're way past the 80th ...
 
Posted by The Flammifer (Citizen # 11407) on :
 
"And a-weigh we go!"

-Admiral Stella Artois
 


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