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MAR 21

“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.”

In the summer of 1930 after a tedious afternoon grading school exams, a project he reluctantly took on to support his growing family, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien came across an exam booklet that had a page with nothing on it. This was a rarity, for in an effort to impress their examiners, students typically put down every idea they could. Without thinking and for reasons he could never explain, Tolkien scrawled his now famous line across the empty page — at the time not having any idea who or what hobbits were. It was to be seven long years before The Hobbit was finally released.

This lecture is sponsored by Virginia Partners Bank.