In the 1937 edition of The Hobbit, this word phrase does not appear.

In the OED, it has a compound word entry “birthday present” with an example of “birth-day present”, but in no case hyphenated as JRRT uses it here.

  • 05.085 My birthday-present!’
  • 05.087 My birthday-present!
  • 05.109 My birthday-present.’
  • 05.111 My birthday-present!

“birthday, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2017. Web. 5 September 2017.

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