Wake me up when the bluebells are ringing.

unhistorical:

September 21, 1937: The Hobbit is published.

J.R.R.Tolkien’s classic children’s novel turns 75 years old today. The book begins with the line “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit”, a sentence which, according to Tolkien, came to him spontaneously while marking papers. The first edition dust jacket was designed by the author himself, who also provided the black and white illustrations. Since 1937, The Hobbit has been translated into over forty languages and sold tens of millions of copies. The initial print of 1,500 copies ran out in three months, and response was unanimously favorable. Tolkien’s close friend and fellow fantasy author C.S. Lewis wrote in The Times Literary Supplement: ”Prediction is dangerous: but The Hobbit may well prove a classic.

Perhaps The Hobbit’s greatest legacy was not the book itself but the sequel that was published seventeen years later - the far more complex first volume of The Lord of the RingsThe Fellowship of the Ring. Urged on by his publishers, who wished to make the most out of the smashing success that was The Hobbit, Tolkien worked on his sequel slowly and deliberately through the years of World War II and after. Both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings brought the popularity of fantasy literature to new heights and established Tolkien as the “father”of modern high fantasy. 

The first film of Peter Jackson’s new trilogy, based off The Hobbit, is set to release in December. 

(via riftedal)




27,282 notes
  1. aristokate reblogged this from sharkolympics
  2. rockpapersonic reblogged this from tossme
  3. unicornbunnies reblogged this from catkarma113
  4. catkarma113 reblogged this from jess511
  5. doctor-rocky-holmes reblogged this from jess511
  6. jess511 reblogged this from nasty-little-hobbitses
  7. regurgitatingcows reblogged this from white-dog
  8. white-dog reblogged this from nasty-little-hobbitses
  9. jango-fettish reblogged this from avenginghiddlesheroine
  10. avenginghiddlesheroine reblogged this from nasty-little-hobbitses
  11. shining-like-a-sun reblogged this from bifurs
  12. thepalecrow reblogged this from prncsszlda
  13. chantellyheart reblogged this from slingshotsandknitting
  14. santareina reblogged this from returnofthetim
  15. dammlla reblogged this from slingshotsandknitting
  16. slingshotsandknitting reblogged this from onefootshorter
  17. onefootshorter reblogged this from failure-byy-design
  18. returnofthetim reblogged this from prncsszlda
  19. xmilitantxpositivityx reblogged this from prncsszlda
  20. prncsszlda reblogged this from sharkolympics
  21. gnovoa reblogged this from nasty-little-hobbitses
  22. msdeville reblogged this from sharkolympics
  23. caitlincaviness reblogged this from failure-byy-design
  24. madcattery reblogged this from nasty-little-hobbitses
  25. white-lupus reblogged this from gaviinolastname
  26. thedazeoftheweak reblogged this from rainbowcolouredshoes
  27. hauntednorth reblogged this from sharkolympics
  28. parksandwreckmyself reblogged this from raa-achl
  29. mollirah reblogged this from team-cholo
  30. cupboardindian reblogged this from waywardandwanderlust
  31. its2arehalvesof1 reblogged this from thiswilloutliveus