Today is the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, more commonly known simply as The Hobbit.
This wonderful fantasy by J. R. R. Tolkien has led millions of young people as well as the young at heart on fearsome and fantastical adventures. So immensely popular was the book that the publisher prevailed upon the author to provide a sequel which resulted in The Lord of the Rings. Who among us has not read, or at least seen a screen version of these tales?
Having led a somewhat sheltered existence, I was first introduced to The Hobbit by a twelve-year old girl who was a student in my seventh-grade math class. She was first amazed that I had not read the book, then adamant that I should do so. I did. That led me straight on into the trilogy known as the Lord of the Rings and I had some wonderful and exciting adventures in my reading that winter.
The Hobbit has never been out of print.