“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.”
Those are the words I can distinctly remember my mother reading to me. I was eight when she introduced me to Middle-earth, a land of dwarves, elves, and hobbits. I was enchanted and so my mother started a passion that still burns bright.
I do also remember when she read of Gandalf I thought she said lizard, not “wizard.” And I was very confused as to how a lizard was wearing boots and a pointy hat.
Eighty years ago today, The Hobbit was published. What started out as a story Tolkien wrote for his children, became an enchanting tale for old and young alike. Still loved and adored to this day. My Hobbit heart is very happy.
My Hobbit books. Much happiness.
Because we obviously have to celebrate Hobbit-fashion today, here a few facts about Tolkien and The Hobbit:
~ Tolkien was born in 1892 in South Africa.
~ He was once bitten by a tarantula, which many think is what lead to spiders being the villains in his stories.
~ Tolkien never meant for The Hobbit to have a sequel. He received fan mail requesting more on the Necromancer. At the time, the Necromancer was a minor character whose only function was to represent evil. The Necromancer would go on to become Sauron.
~ Professor Tolkien wrote on the back of a student’s paper, “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.” He later said he didn’t know why and would have to find out what hobbits were like.
~ In the original Hobbit, there was no mithril. In the 1937 edition, the shirt that Thorin gives Bilbo is described as being made of “silvered steel”. When the importance of the shirt become apparent during the writing of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien went back and added it in. This revised edition was released in 1966.
~ The term, Middle-earth, comes from the Old English word, middangeard, which was a word for the world we live in today.
~ The name of “Baggins”, probably comes from the word, “baggin”, a word used in northern England for food eaten in between meals.
~ Tolkien started writing The Hobbit because he wanted a world where he could use the languages he invented.
For your pleasure, here are some videos of songs from The Hobbit.
And yes, I pretty much have them memorized.
Thank you for reading this random post.
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