Why we can thank C.S. Lewis for “The Hobbit”
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On the famed Lewis’s recommendation, The Hobbit then became a bestseller. Tolkien’s publishers asked him to write a sequel. He promptly delivered to them his decades of invented English mythology, the penciled notebooks which he called The Silmarillion. The publishers were just as puzzled as had been the Inklings. They gently recommended he write something more about hobbits. More than a decade later, Tolkien finally delivered his trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, which takes place within the fanciful world of The Silmarillion, but focuses on the great quest of hobbit Frodo Baggins – who inherited a certain magic ring from his uncle, Bilbo Baggins, the hero of The Hobbit.
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