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.”