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Tolkien Reading Day

75 reasons: Verlyn Flieger

I would like people to read The Hobbit before viewing the forthcoming film presentations by Peter Jackson for several reasons.  If they have already read The Hobbit I would like them read it again...

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75 reasons: Brian Sibley

75 reasons? Well… a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins; a wizard named Gandalf; pipes; a door; a sign; twelve dwarves named Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur and Thorin; an...

Tolkien Reading Day

Happy 75th Birthday, Hobbit

On September 21st, 1937, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien was published and became an instant classic. Happy Birthday!   In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet...

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Picture by Marcel Aubron-Bülles

The Tolkienist is coming online …

Thank you all very much for your patience. I have been horribly busy in the last couple of weeks, returning from Return of the Ring (I will be writing a review of this shortly)...