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Midlands author's classics to be sold at auction

The first edition of Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' Credit: Bonhams Auctioneers

A first edition of JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit', and a third folio edition of William Shakespeare's 'Comedies, Histories and Tragedies' go under the hammer today.

Auctioneers, Bonhams, expect both works by the Midlands writers to be sold for between £10,000 and £15,000.

Shakespeare's 'Comedies, Histories and Tragedies' Credit: Bonhams Auctioneers

Prince William to attend Hobbit premiere alone

William and Kate leaving the King Edward VII hospital in central London Credit: PA

The UK premiere of the long-awaited Hobbit film will be held in London tonight.

The Duke of Cambridge is expected to be in attendance along with other stars.

His wife, The Duchess of Cambridge, won't be there as she is still resting.

Yesterday St James's Palace said: "The Duchess of Cambridge will not attend The Hobbit premiere tomorrow evening and will continue to rest privately. The Duke of Cambridge will attend as planned.


Publishers school celebrates Hobbit's 75th anniversary, full report

A school celebrated one of their old boys today without whom, one of the most famous books in the English language may never have been published.

Rayner Unwin was only 10 was asked by his dad, a publisher, to read a manuscript to see if it was any good.

The boy said it was, the year was 1936 and the book was The Hobbit which went on to the sell millions.

'The Hobbit' author inspired by West Midlands

75 years today, 'The Hobbit' was first published. Its' author, JRR Tolkien, spent much of his childhood in the West Midlands, areas of which he used as inspiration for his writing.

It is thought that Tolkien was influenced by places like Sarehole Mill and the nearby Moseley bog in Birmingham.

The first of three films based on the novel is due to be released at the end of this year.

Pictures courtesy of Warner Brothers via YouTube.