George R.R. Martin placed the crown atop Texas A&M University’s towering collection of books Friday, giving the school a first-edition copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” the 5 millionth volume in the university’s vast collections.

News Hook: Texas A&M University Libraries Friday acquired its five millionth volume, a rare first-edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 classic The Hobbit—a gift from award-winning sci-fi/fantasy author George R.R. Martin, creator of the best-selling book series “Game of Thrones.” “Over the last two decades the A&M Libraries has become one of the top 10 publicly-supported research libraries in this country [Association of Research Libraries (ARL) ranking] and this five millionth volume symbolizes that maturity as well as the depth our collections,” says David Carlson, dean of University Libraries.

George R.R. Martin, author of the “Game of Thrones” book series which spawned a monster HBO hit show, is donating his first-edition copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” to the Texas A&M University library.

""The Hobbit" First edition has become part of Texas A&M's University Libraries' Science Fiction and Fantasy Genre in the Research Collection, housed in the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives."

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Date of Published: Feb 27, 2015