There and Back Again

TheHobbit_FirstEditionOn September 21, 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien published a novel titled The Hobbit to wide critical acclaim, and winning a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book led to Tolkien’s three-volume opus, The Lord of the Rings (did you know that Tolkien, a philologist, actually created a number of languages for his books?), which in turn inspired the Oscar-winning films and countless fantasy and science-fiction imitators.

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