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Tolkien Calendar 1999: The Hobbit Paperback – 15 Jun 1998

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The Hobbit

'‘Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who never went for adventures until Gandalf the wizard and his dwarves persuaded him to go. He had a very exciting time fighting goblins and worgs… and returned home – rich!’'
When 10-year-old Rayner Unwin produced this report for his father, publisher Stanley Unwin, he had no idea that the manuscript would go on to be a remarkable success. Neither did its author, J.R.R.Tolkien, Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, when, inexplicably, he jotted the famous opening sentence – ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit’ – on a blank sheet while examining papers! Yet,within a year of its publication, 'The Hobbit' had won the New York Herald Tribune prize for children’s literature and was set to become a classic.

First published on 21st September 1937, 'The Hobbit' is now recognized as an international bestseller: it has been translated into 25 languages and has sold over 35 million copies worldwide. The pictures contained in this year’s calendar are taken from the commemorative edition of “one of the most influential books of our generation” ('The Times'). Published in 1997 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the publication of 'The Hobbit', it contains 25 specially commissioned paintings and a wealth of illustrations by Alan Lee.

“The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' and those who are going to read them”
'Sunday Times'

About the Author

Alan Lee is the illustrator of the highly-successful centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings and diamond edition of The Hobbit. He is the holder of many prestigious awards, including, most recently, the Carnegie Medal for his illustrated edition of The Iliad.

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