What started as a book about medieval manuscripts and became an iconic online symbol for people everywhere has a little more to do with technology than politics.
The novel, The Hobbit, which has been called “the first digital literary novel,” was the first book on the New York Times bestseller list.
Its popularity helped propel the online publication of hundreds of thousands of books, many of which were reprints of earlier works.
It was a massive hit.
And then the internet happened.
“I’ve always thought of it as a kind of a technological singularity that started out as a blog in the early days of the internet,” said James P. Glynn, the author of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
“And it sort of blew up in everybody’s face.”
Nowadays, most books published on the internet are printed, but books published in the 1800s were published in book form.
Glynne and others say the online publishing of those books meant that the internet wasn’t as well-defined as it is today.
“The internet is the modern version of the medieval manuscript,” Glynnes books, published in 2002, said.
The first edition of The Hobbits was printed in 1884.
But the internet changed that, Glynnes books said.
“It allowed everyone to publish a book on a single site, and the publishing community was very vibrant.”
The internet also opened up the publishing industry.
But in order to make it happen, Glynn and others needed a publisher.
They wanted to work with the Tolkien Estate, the publishing house that published the original books.
But Glynn said the estate wasn’t interested in buying The Hobbit for the Tolkien estate, which owns the rights to the name, because they had no interest in publishing another Tolkien book.
The Hobbits story took an unexpected turn.
The book’s first two novels were published by another publishing house, Random House.
And the publisher was Tolkien.
Gynnes books said Tolkien wanted nothing to do at all with the book, but the two companies had a long-standing relationship.
The book’s second novel, A Tale of Two Cities, was published by Random House in 1999.
Random House declined to comment.
But in 2009, Tolkien’s estate sold the rights for the Hobbit to Random House, which was able to publish it.
It had a new publisher, RandomHouse, and was able sell the book online, in print and digital formats.
Gysin and others said that was a big deal.
“If you have an idea that is popular, then you can take that idea and make it really big and really successful,” Glynn told Business Insider.
The online publishing business boom happened after the internet first hit the market, and now the internet is now a big part of everything we do online.
“It’s like when you had a television, a radio, and then a magazine, and a radio,” Gynne said.
Nowadays if you have a book or an article on the Internet that is being published, people will read it.
And that is something we’ve never seen before.
“And the internet has given a new dimension to the world of print, and that’s the key to the book’s popularity.”
You can have a conversation about what happened in the world before the internet and say, ‘Oh, this is why the internet didn’t exist,'” Glynes said.”
What happened in 1883, 1884, was not an internet-driven thing.
It’s not a digital thing.
So it’s not something that we know of.
We’re just seeing the rise of the medium of print.