75 Jahre The Hobbit

Heute vor 75 Jahren war die Erstveröffentlichung von J.R.R. Tolkiens Story The Hobbit über die Abendteuer Bilbo Baggins und den Schatz des Drachen Smaug. Aus den Figuren entwickelte Tolkien schließlich ein paar Jahre später auf Drängen des Verlags den Herrn der Ringe und erfand spätestens damit das Genre der Fantasy, Rest is History. In England kriegen die Kids in den Schulen heute übrigens ein zweites Hobbit-Frühstück. Guten Appetit.

"To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside, without a hat, a walking-stick or any money, or anything that he usually took when he went out; leaving his second breakfast half-finished and quite un-washed-up, pushing his keys into Gandalf's hands, and running as fast as his furry feet could carry him down the lane, past the great Mill, across The Water, and then on for a mile or more." So began the adventures of one Bilbo Baggins, hobbit, of Bag End, and in honour of the 75th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit, schools up and down the country are holding their own Hobbit second breakfasts at 11am today.

HarperCollins is also marking the anniversary by releasing the first Latin translation of the book, Hobbitus Ille – "in foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus"; "In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit") – as well as publishing a range of little-known sketches done by Tolkien himself as he was writing the novel, to bring the images in his head to life.

Tolkien's original hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, turns 75

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