The Hobbit was published on 21 September 1937. J.R.R. Tolkien started writing the epic adventures of Bilbo Baggins on a scrap of paper one day in the early 1930s while marking exams at Oxford. By 1932 he had finished the first draft and it was picked up for publication by George Allen & Unwin Ltd. of London after the publisher’s 10-year-old son approved of the book’s tale involving the ‘dangerous business of going out your front door’.
The Hobbit sold out of its initial print run of 1,500 by December. It would go on to sell over 75 million copies and has never been out of print.
“I have found that it is the small everyday deed of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”Gandalf in ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien