Between 1970 and 1973, four Israeli fighter pilots translated The Hobbit from English to Hebrew to pass the time in an Egyptian prison, where they were held as POWs. The pilots’ translation was published commercially in 1977, and up until 2012 was considered the best Hebrew version of the book.
J. R. R. Tolkien began work on The Hobbit one day early in the 1930s, when he was marking School papers. He found a blank page. Suddenly inspired, he wrote the words, “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”
Every year, Forbes creates a list of the 15 wealthiest fictional characters called the Forbes Fictional 15. The richest fictional character as of 2013 is Smaug, the gold hoarding dragon from “The Hobbit,” with an estimated wealth of $62 billion.