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Subject:  Re: The Hobbit by J.R.R .Tolkein Date:  3/4/2002  10:34 PM
Author:  BONDJAMES007 Number:  601 of 3347

Greetings Glup

Has anyone ever read the original version of the book? I am curious what Tolkein had to modify and if it made any real difference in the story

I haven't read or posses a copy of the original version, but I do have a book called the Letter of JRR Tolkien. isbn 0-395-31555-7 copyright 1981

The first revision to The Hobbit occured in 1951, and the second in 1966.

From what I gather from the letters sent back and forth with his publisher, the 1951 changes involved chapter V, the riddles in the dark. Essentially I "guess" the first 1937 version had the riddle game end just like he told the dwarves. The revised version has the "what have i got in my pocket" question. This leads to the Bilbo's confession at the Council of Elrond and asking forgiveness from the dwarves for having told them a different story.

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