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The Hobbit at 75

Fri 21 Sep 2012, 18.30 - 20.00

£7.50 / £5 concessions

Book now for 21 Sep 2012, 18.30 - 20.00

J.R.R Tolkien first introduced the vast mythological world Middle Earth in his classic tale for all ages, The Hobbit, published on this very day in 1937. From the gentle rural landscape of The Shire, a band of hobbits, wizards, elves and dwarves set out on a great and timeless quest to the Lonely Mountain, where the dragon Smaug lies in wait.

Join a celebration of this fabulous and hugely influential book, with readings, conversation and special guests. 

The event also marks the run up to the release of the part one of Peter Jackson’s filmed version of  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, released by Warner Bros. this December.

Speakers include acclaimed author Adam Roberts and writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley, who created the BBC radio versions of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings, and is also Peter Jackson’s biographer. David Brawn, Tolkien's publisher, will speak about the authors extraordinary illustrations, and the event will be hosted by Tolkien expert and novelist Jane Johnson, who has also written the companion books to all the films.

Tolkien’s superb original illustration, The Hill at Hobbiton, appears in the British Library exhibition Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands (running until 25 September), a wonderful showcase of writing about British places, including many unique hand-written manuscripts, maps, rare books and artworks.