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J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit, the book that introduced us to Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, The Shire and the Ring, is 80 years old today.

Published on Sept. 21, 1937, the book is beloved by millions of readers and continues to be discovered and enjoyed by new generations. In 1954 Tolkien published his subsequent trilogy, The Lord of The Rings, which largely follows Baggins’ nephew, Frodo Baggins, and his journey to destroy the Ring.