By Eric Eisenberg
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were made by the same people and are set in the same world, but there are a good number of things that set them apart. The first series was based on three books that had to be edited to fit into three movies, and the new trilogy is based all on a single book that has been expanded. Lord of the Rings is an epic tale of war, battle and struggle, and The Hobbit began as a tiny story that J.R.R. Tolkien used to tell his children.
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