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  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh
    September 10, 2015 @ 5:33 pm

    He really did invent the fantasy, didn't he?

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  2. Cherie Reich
    September 10, 2015 @ 5:54 pm

    Wow! That's really cool he invented the term fantasy. I really enjoyed The Hobbit. I read it back in 2002, I think, and re-read it last year.

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  3. Heather R. Holden
    September 11, 2015 @ 1:38 am

    I think I'm the only person out there who hasn't read The Hobbit. LOL. *shame on me* Never knew this book is what coined the term "fantasy" for this genre. Fascinating!

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    • Emilyann Girdner
      September 19, 2015 @ 9:13 pm

      LOL. It took me a long time to get to it too, so don't feel bad. =-) Yep, I find The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fascinating because of their literary and cultural impact. Good stuff.

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  4. Pat Hatt
    September 11, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

    He did invent it and not much better Fantasy out there than what he created

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    • Emilyann Girdner
      September 19, 2015 @ 9:14 pm

      I suppose it is all a matter of opinion, but he definitely set the the bar high.

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  5. M Pax
    September 16, 2015 @ 8:04 pm

    I confess, and hang my head in shame, that I've not read it. I've listened to it on tape though. Back when tapes were 'the thang'. Does that count?

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    • Emilyann Girdner
      September 19, 2015 @ 9:15 pm

      I think it counts. I listened to The Return of the King on audiobook… good enough ;p

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  6. Tara Tyler R
    September 19, 2015 @ 6:39 pm

    love this fantasy throwback thurs series you're doing – the hobbit is so cherished! and the first fantasy book? how will we ever come up with a meaningful "first" these days?? ah well – thanks for the memories, great post!

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    • Emilyann Girdner
      September 19, 2015 @ 9:16 pm

      Agreed! I do feel like unique "firsts" are rare these days and thank you for the kind words. =-)

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  7. Christine Rains
    September 21, 2015 @ 12:59 pm

    I had no idea that fantasy was developed for The Hobbit! Very cool. Awesome post. 🙂

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  8. Crystal Collier
    September 23, 2015 @ 6:23 pm

    Love The Hobbit. It totally set the stage for a new literary world.

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