Hobbit first edition sold for £137K

The Hobbit first adaptation fetches £137,000 at public sale

The Hobbit book jacket

The e-book was a gift from JRR Tolkien to one of his first college students

A Primary variation of JRR Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit, with an inscription in Elvish written by way of the creator, had offered at public sale in London for £137,000.

The sale smashes the previous record for a sale of The Hobbit, set in 2008 when A Primary version sold for £60,000.

Tolkien gave the e book to Katherine “Kitty” Kilbride, one in every of his students at Leeds University within the 1920s.

The Elvish verse is an extract from Tolkien’s The Lost Street, a part of his 12-quantity Historical Past of Heart-earth.

JRR Tolkien inscription

The four-line inscription follows a non-public dedication from the writer

The Hobbit offered the personality of Bilbo Baggins and the “one ring” that would feature again in his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Sotheby’s had anticipated the primary edition to fetch as much as £70,000 at Thursday’s auction of children’s books and illustrated works.

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