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? I am curious what Tolkein had to modify and if it made any real difference in the story

I don't think he actually changed the text of "The Hobbit." What he changed was the story of how Bilbo got the ring, etc. The way he covers it is in FOTR. Gandalf has "investigated," and explains to Frodo that Bilbo lied about how he got the ring -- that he made up a story about winning it in a fair contest, but actually the ring decided it would go with him. That way he can change the flow of the story so the ring is more malevolent and is trying to escape from Gollum, and he can also show that it was affecting Bilbo from the start.
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