Curator of a New York Exhibition on J.R.R. Tolkien Says ‘The Silmarillion Was Always his Heart’ and Reveals the Author Considered the The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit as Side Projects to his Greatest Work

In a 1937 letter to an Oxford colleague, Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien confessed that he didn’t much care for The Hobbit, one of his already popular works that was about to go into its second printing.