Over 35 million copies sold!

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For such a diminutive fellow, Bilbo Baggins sure has been causing  quite a stir for the last 72 years!

The Hobbit, written by J.R.R Tolkien, has sold over 35 million copies since it was first publish in 1937. For the last several years, 4 million copies have been sold annually, and it’s published in 25 different languages.

The statistics are pretty impressive! But the book is even better!

The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo and his adventures across the land of Middle Earth, in the company of  Thorin Oakenshield and his Dwarven followers on a quest to reclaim their treasure hoarde inside their Citadel under the Lonely mountain, which is being guarded by the Great Dragon Smaug.

In his adventures Bilbo meets ogres, elves, goblins, giant spiders, a bear man, and of coarse…….Gollum. He baffles enemies, finds The One ring, creates ever lasting friendships and brings together enemies to fight a common evil….

The Hobbit is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings. And after the amazing success of the Lord of the Rings movies, The Hobbit is being made into a movie, and should be released in 2011.

Check out the book (I personally like the illustrated version), or, there is also the BBC dramatisation on OverDrive (electronic resource that can be downloaded to your MP3 player) or if you prefer, there are a couple of different graphic novel versions as well!                                                                              

Let me know what you think.

The Hobbit really is a timeless tale of heroes and adventure!

P.S. This is a pretty good Tolkien site. There is also a game attached that is free to play! Enjoy!

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