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Old Hard covered editions ? Cool !I was eight in 1977 when I saw the Rankin/Bass animated The Hobbit.
I was pretty much hooked after that. I went to the library and found the book. My grandparents had a set of The Lord of the Rings in a slipcase and every time I was at their home I would read a bit and pour of the maps.
I would have loved to have seen him do Graphic novel adaptations of the Hobbit and LOTR. It would have been spectacular !As for me, I always had an interest in sci-fi and fantasy tales, beginning at an early age.
When I was an early teen, I spoke to a friend about cool books to read. He suggested I read the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Then he tried to hand me four GIANT novels. I told him that I couldn't read all of that. Then he said............
"Read The Hobbit, and you will ask me for the rest." HE WAS RIGHT. They're still my all-time favorite fantasy stories.
I remember how excited I was when The Hobbit played on TV for the first time. Then I was thrilled when, The Lord of the Rings came to the big screen. And of course, the final chapter, The Return of the King played on TV for the first time. (animated versions - I loved them)
THEN, many years later, the live action versions appeared on the big screen. I was floating with happiness in the theater, like a balloon at a music concert.
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illustration by Frank Frazetta