71 years ago, we first met Bilbo Baggins

Sept. 21, 1937, saw the first publication of The Hobbit, which launched millions of readers into the fantastical world of J.R.R. Tolkien — a world of hobbits and wizards and dragons and magic rings — and led to the epic novel The Lord of the Rings.

Now that a live-action film adaptation of The Hobbit is finally in the works, from Peter Jackson who adapted LOTR and Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro, what better time to curl up again with this classic and revisit the land of Middle-earth?

J.R.R. Tolkien in 1967, 30 years after 'The Hobbit' was published
J.R.R. Tolkien in 1967, 30 years after 'The Hobbit' was published

Roads go ever ever on,

Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains of the moon.
Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.

Thank you for those roads, Professor Tolkien — and for where they have taken us!

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