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Escape to Reality


Today is the anniversary of the death of J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. Tolkien was born on 3 January 1892 and died 2 September 1973.

Can you recall the first time you ever encountered Tolkien?

My first memory of anything to do with Tolkien was in the school library where an otherwise shy class mate was presenting his book report on The Hobbit. We could hardly make any sense out of his excited babbling. Apparently the book had something to do with dwarves and dragons and a mountain of treasure, but it was hard to tell. Some time later I would find delight in reading The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and Leaf by Niggle.

Tolkien wrote fantasy, which is basically fairy tales for grown-ups. Yet his work offers so much more than a few hours of escapist pleasure. Tolkien believed…

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