History © Lorem Ipsum Dolor 2010   In 1937 J. R. R. Tolkien publishes the book The Hobbit. Seventy years later, Middle-earth Enterprises   licensed Mint Brook Meadow Teas, ltd. for the production of quality teas with Middle-earth themes. A Bit of Hobbit History In the early 1930s, J.R.R. Tolkien served as a Professor of Anglo-Saxton at Pembroke College.  In a letter to W.H. Auden, he remembers that he began work on The Hobbit while marking school papers.  Suddenly feeling inspired, he turned one of the papers over and wrote: “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”  Two years later, The Hobbit was completed. The manuscript was distributed among Tolkien’s friends, eventually finding its way into the hands of publisher Stanley Unwin.  After a brilliant review by Unwin's 10 year old son Rayner, The Hobbit was realized.  With its first publication by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd, on September 21st, 1937, The Hobbit remains one of the most acclaimed and beloved children’s stories of all time.  The original printing numbered 1,500 copies and sold out in 3 months, thanks to overwhelming critical acclaim.  Despite the book’s popularity, paper rationing during World War II made The Hobbit less available until 1949 when conditions improved. It has since been translated into over 40 different languages with at least 50 different editions in publication. Today, The Hobbit is used in classrooms as an educational tool and still regarded as the original and greatest fantasy novel ever written.  A film adaptation of The Hobbit was released in  three parts in 2012, 2013 and 2014.   Sir Peter Jackson is directed and co-wrote the script with Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens.  Ian Mckellan, Hugo Weaving, and Andy Serkis reprised their roles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.   Home © Mint Brook Meadow Teas, ltd. 2012 "The Hobbit" and the names of the characters, events, items and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to Mint Brook Meadow Teas, Ltd.