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I just picked this up again as a prelude to reading the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. If anyone would like to join me I'm reading this now, but it's at least the third time I've read it so the discussion can begin anytime.

Very Minor Plot Give Away approaching....

Tolkein wrote "The Hobbit" first and it was later that he realized that the ring Bilbo found was the "Ring of Power" of the trilogy. He went back and made a few minor alterations to the story so that the ring would fit the next books.

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. From what I've heard in the past, the changes were immaterial to "The Hobbit", but were essential for consistency with the rest of the Trilogy. Anybody know for sure?
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