Dodgson at first did not think it worth publishing his tale of Wonderland and Professor Tolkien–but not his publishers–still remains to be convinced that anyone will want to read his most delightful history of a Hobbit’s journey.
The above passage is taken from the back flap of a 1937, 1st edition of JRR Tolkien’s, The Hobbit. Come to find out, the jacket and illustrations are all Tolkien’s, too; the book is far from mint condition, yet currently listed on Ebay for $36,000!
If the Professor’s not yet convinced, Debra from The Arkenstone and My Story Blog sure is. She is a Tolkien fan extraordinaire. Now, I’ve only read The Hobbit, and that was at the Dawn of Færie, so it’s been awhile, but The Arkenstone is not all Tolkien. It also gives a glimpse into life in rural Virgina, a first-time grandmother *yay*, a whole lot of kindness, and just the right amount of humor in the writing.
Oh, did I tell ya she was a writer, too? The blog post that made the vintage connection for me was Have You Read This Story?, a cheeky summary of a vintage piece published 58 yrs prior. I couldn’t figure it out, buy maybe you can. And if you are a fan fiction writer, you’re invited to share “short stories and tall tales” on My Story Blog.
So how many of you out there are now searching your bookshelves for a first edition Tolkien? 😉