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  •  Lots of things to do today, (8+ / 0-)

    none of them involving church. But now I'm taking a break.

    Hi, everyone.41° in the Hudson Valley. Gray.

    Any Tolkien fans here? I'm not one, but I really enjoyed this Lawrence Downes piece:
    An Unexpected Journey: Hobbits in the Heartland.

    I had no idea that Tolkien's original manuscripts, revisions, etc., were housed at Marquette University, or, as Downes puts it in a "song," in the land of milkfat where the cheeses lie.

    They've been there since 1957,

    thanks to a very smart librarian, William Ready, who had been hired the year before to help fill a then-new Memorial Library. He approached the not-yet-famous Professor Tolkien through a British rare-book seller, struck a deal for less than $5,000, and in 1957 and 1958 the boxes from Oxford arrived: “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” in longhand drafts, typewritten manuscripts and page proofs, with revisions and rejected fragments, along with minor and then-unpublished texts and other papers.
    It's a fun piece.

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