Tuesday, September 22, 2009

All Hail the Shire!

Today is Hobbit Day!

Today commemorates the birthdays of the main characters of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins; and their creator, J.R.R. Tolkein.

Tolkein modeled the Baggins’ village, The Shire, after the garden at Exeter College, Oxford University. While at Oxford as a student I lived at Exeter College. The garden, especially the huge oak tree at its border, is a wonderfully relaxing, inviting place.

All Hail the Shire!!

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