I read The Hobbit in 1963 after reading a large format children's illustrated anthology which had a Tove Jansson Moomintroll story or chapter and the first chapter of The Hobbit along with other stories I don't remember.

Thus this anthology would have been published in 1963 or earlier.

Several years ago I managed to identify this anthology somehow on the internet. I believe there were several editions published under various titles in the 1950s and 60s.

But now I don't remember the title of that anthology.

I just now looked up J.R.R. Tolkien at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database and couldn't find any record of the first chapter of The Hobbit appearing in an anthology.


I also looked up Tove jansson there: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?21482

and the only anthology listed with a Moomin story was this one:


And it includes stories published long after 1963 and nothing by Tolkien.

So I wonder if anyone is familiar with that anthology.

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This could be The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature, first published in 1947 by Bryna and Louis Untermeyer, with various editions and volumes published since then.

According to this link, volume 5 "Wonder Lands" contains an excerpt from "The Hobbit" and "The Happy Moomins" by Jansson.

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A WorldCat search for a book with both Jansson and Tolkien in the author credits identifies Children's classics to read aloud, published in 1992.

The contents include; Under the hill (from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien) and Invisible Child (from Tales from the Moomin Valley by Tove Jansson).

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  • Hi, welcome to SF&F! This seems like it might actually be a correct answer to the question, but it's really hard to read. You should put the title in bold at the top, followed by the details of the Tolkien and Jansson stories.
    – DavidW
    Apr 24, 2019 at 21:49
  • @DavidW - Or you could edit the answer for them to show them how it's done!
    – Valorum
    Apr 24, 2019 at 21:50
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    Except for "thus this anthology would have been published in 1963 or earlier." Apr 24, 2019 at 21:50
  • @OrganicMarble - OPs are often confused about the date.
    – Valorum
    Apr 24, 2019 at 21:51
  • @Valorum I've told you before, you're just too fast for me to keep up with. :)
    – DavidW
    Apr 24, 2019 at 21:51

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