Jewish Lord of the Rings fans celebrate Tolkien week with ‘Hobbit Day’
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Jewish Lord of the Rings fans celebrate Tolkien week with ‘Hobbit Day’

Annual festive period initiated by the American Tolkien Society, and has a kosher following because the writer defended and revered Jewish people

A page of the book The Lord of the Rings, along with a replica of the Unique Ring in the middle. (Wikipedia/ Zanastardust https://www.flickr.com/photos/zanastardust/146652127/)
A page of the book The Lord of the Rings, along with a replica of the Unique Ring in the middle. (Wikipedia/ Zanastardust https://www.flickr.com/photos/zanastardust/146652127/)

Jewish fans of Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien marked Tolkien Week by observing ‘Hobbit Day’.

Inaugurated in 1978 by the American Tolkien Society, the annual festive period is observed informally and ritualistically, including film marathons, in which members share the works of Tolkien with new readers or viewers.

Tolkien was a devout Roman Catholic who defended and revered Jews and famously called Adolf Hitler a “ruddy little ignoramus”.

In 1938, as a German publishing house prepared to release The Hobbit, Tolkien was asked if he was Ayran. “If I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin,” he replied,
“I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people.”

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