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J.R.R. Tolkien: Did You Know?


Here’s that candy bowl of factoids we always put in the front of issues of Christian History. This one I co-wrote with my assistant editor, Steven Gertz. Steve is now studying (Islamic studies) at Oxford University, Tolkien’s alma mater. I love the story of how young Christopher Tolkien used to interrupt and correct his dad while J R R was reading the stories aloud:

J.R.R. Tolkien: Did You Know?
Windows on the life and work of J.R.R. Tolkien
Chris Armstrong and Steven Gertz

Tolkien: “I am in fact a Hobbit”

In 1958, Tolkien wrote the following in a letter to a fan, Deborah Webster: “I am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size). I like gardens, trees and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking; I like and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats. I am fond of mushrooms (out of a field); have a very simple sense of humour (which even my appreciative critics find tiresome); I go to bed late and get up late (when possible). I do not travel much.” Continue reading