'The Hobbit' is Published

Bilbo Baggins, a small, hairy-footed hobbit, was perfectly content to live in his comfortable little hole in the hillside in the quiet village of Hobbiton, if Gandalf the Wizard hadn’t come into his life.

Gandalf wanted Bilbo to join him and a party of 13 dwarves on a great adventure. Bilbo’s hesitance was noticed by Gandalf, but not by the dwarf band, led by Thorin Oakenshield.

Thorin explained that he was the dwarf grandson of Thror, King Under the Mountain. A fierce dragon named Smaug had driven the dwarves from their homeland. Now the dwarves aimed to travel to Lonely Mountain, kill Smaug, and reclaim the mountain’s treasures. Bilbo would serve as the mission’s burglar—even though, he tried to tell them, he knew nothing about burgling.

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, better known by its abbreviated title The Hobbit, is a fantasy novel and children's book by J. R. R. Tolkien. Set in a time "Between the Dawn of Færie and the Dominion of Men", The Hobbit follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic children's book.