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The Story of The Hobbit is the Same as LOTR?

This is interesting. Makes me want to look into it more:

The first part of the Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, is not yet available on DVD, though the Howard Shore soundtrack is. But it’s available in two theater versions, one in 2D at 24fps and in 3D at 48 fps. It’s been available in print for decades. But its literary role is something of a mystery. The Hobbit is commonly regarded in its literary form at least as inferior to Tolkien’s later magnum opus. Yet anyone who has read his landmark paper on Beowulf will instantly realize that the comparative simplicity of the Hobbit is due not to Tolkien’s immaturity as a writer but rather to the fact that he was laying down the foundation stones for his later creation. Although described as a “prequel” to the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit is really a different version of the same story; less “pre-telling” than a the narrative of the same universal experience from a different perspective. Almost every element in the Hobbit reappears in the Lord of the Rings, familiar, as the Shire was to Bilbo when he returns, yet changed.
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RobC said...

This theme is all explained in Tolkien's story "TheQuest of Erebor" in Unfurnished Tales.

The story's premise is that Galdalf is relating his purpose to the Hobbits as they R&R in Minas Tirith after the fall of Sauron.

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