After languishing in the desk drawer of an Oxford professor, a manuscript about places that appeared on no known maps, people that never walked the world and languages never spoken by any culture found its way into the hands of one of his students working in a publishing house. In this day in 1937, the fantasies of an otherwise unremarkable academic with a playful obsession for the languages and mythologies of Northern Europe came to print forever transforming, if not creating, the modern fantasy genre and inspiring the imaginations of generations to come. It starts something like this, “In a hole in the ground, lived a hobbit…”
Thank you Mr. Tolkein for your wonderful dreams and crafting a Middle Earth, nestled between history and imagination. I’m eternally grateful for the introduction to The Hobbit and your other works when I was just geekling.