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According to a survey conducted by online portal Geekdad, readers have voted the opening lines of "The Hobbit" to be the top among the 10 best opening lines of Fantasy and Science-fiction Literary works of 2012.

The voters belonged to 27 different countries and "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit" from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was voted to be the most popular opening line among the Top 10 Fantasy and Science-fiction novels.

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The list as published by the website reads:

1.    In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. - The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

2.    The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. - €"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams

3.    It was a pleasure to burn. - Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

4.    This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it. - The Princess Bride, William Goldman

5.    When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced he that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien

6.    It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. - 1984, George Orwell

7.    The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel - Neuromancer, William Gibson

8.    Call me Ishmael. - Moby Dick, Herman Melville

9.    It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression "As pretty as an airport." - The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul, Douglas Adams

10.    All this happened, more or less. - Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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