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Happy Birthday, Hobbit

Tomorrow is the 74th anniversary of the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again.

The fantasy genre had existed before, but The Hobbit is what really caused it to take off. Just look at it now–fantasy makes up a healthy portion of books that are being published now, and our appetite for them only continues to grow.

Of course, the big news is that filming of the movie version has recently begun in New Zealand. The 320-page book is being transformed into two films, the first called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is slated to be released on December 14, 2012.

Originally, Guillermo del Toro was supposed to direct the films, and when he bowed out I was seriously bummed…until I heard that Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings trilogy, was taking his place. They are both pretty fantastic directors–click on the links to see some other movies they have been a part of!

December 2012 is a long way off, so I will just have to content myself with regularly reading Hobbit Movie News and Hobbit-related library materials while I wait.

The Hobbit : a journey into maturity / William H. Green.

Inside Tolkien’s The hobbit [videorecording] / Kultur

J.R.R. Tolkien : master of imaginary worlds / Edward Willett.

Myth maker : J.R.R. Tolkien / Anne E. Neimark ; illustrated by Brad Weinman.

~Eva, CLP-Allegheny

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