|The first paperback version I read|
Still, The Hobbit was merely the pregame warm-up for that epic masterpiece that our little British professor named J.R.R. Tolkien would pen as a sequel: The Lord of the Rings. Though I'm not a fan of fantasy, and I've never really 'loved' The Hobbit, I appreciate it for its role in the overall Middle-Earth corpus. And it all started today. Who would have known the love that Tolkien had for myth and legend, nature and languages, would be embraced by so many, and influence so many more. So here's to you Professor Tolkien, cheers and well met today, the anniversary of the book that started it all.