Undeniable Fact: A Tolkien of Gratitude

Saturday, December 09, 2006

J. R. R. Tolkien wrote his opus The Hobbit for - and named its main character after - his son Frodo. Ironically, Frodo never learned to read or write, and therefore was unaware of his father's masterpiece.

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Blogger Ted said...

The Hobbit starred Bilbo, not Frodo

10:37 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I'm afraid that Ted is right, the character Frodo never appeared in Tolkien literature until the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Hobbit stared Bilbo! Looks like your going to have to restart your counter again...

9:07 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

That should be "Starred", not "Stared"!

9:08 AM  
Blogger Francois Tremblay said...

You two are blithering idiots.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Alex Cull said...

Bilbo was just a nickname, I think. The idea for the story came to Tolkien after hearing about a playground fight between young Frodo and his arch-enemy Steve Meagle (S.Meagle) who also appeared in the story as Gollum. Fascinating stuff!

5:39 PM  
Blogger duffy said...

Dan referred to the "opus" of the Hobbit, which is the body of work as a whole, "Lord of the Rings" inclusive. And yes, it does contain the name of his poor retarded son Frodo.

7:01 PM  

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