September 21st 1937: ‘The Hobbit’ published
On this day in 1937, 75 years ago, J.R.R Tolkein’s ‘The Hobbit’ was published. It tells the story of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins who tries to claim treasure guarded by the fearsome dragon Smaug. He originally wrote the fantasy adventure book for his children, but upon publication it became popular with adults as well. The novel was a great success, and Tolkein’s sequel became his most famous work: The Lord of the Rings trilogy.