There and back again: 'The Hobbit' debuts

photo Kerys Dolan, Jeff Hickey and Mark Green, from left, pose in costume at Heritage Park on Thursday. The three will be dressing up as characters from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy for the midnight showing of "The Hobbit" at the Rave theater tonight.

TOLKIEN TIMELINE* Jan. 3, 1892 -- J.R.R. Tolkien is born.* 1932 -- Tolkien finishes his manuscript for "The Hobbit, or There and Back Again."* Sept. 21, 1937 -- "The Hobbit" publishes with an initial run of 1,500 copies to overwhelmingly positive critical response.* 1937-1949 -- Tolkien works in stages on a sequel to "The Hobbit" that eventually becomes "The Lord of the Rings."* 1951 -- A second edition of "The Hobbit" publishes with a revised, darker portrayal of the character Gollum.*