"Hobbit Dinner" in Rotterdam
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The "Hobbit Dinner" in Rotterdam refers to an event in which J.R.R. Tolkien participated on 28 March 1958. Tolkien had been invited to Rotterdam for a "Hobbit Dinner" by his Dutch publisher Het Spectrum and the bookseller Voorhoeve & Dietrich.
 The "Hobbit Dinner"
 Tolkien's speech
Tolkien delivered his speech in English, Dutch and Elvish. He included the finishing statement: “[...] that it is now exactly twenty years since I began in earnest to complete the history of our renowned hobbit-ancestors of the Third Age. I look East, West, North, South, and I do not see Sauron; but I see that Saruman has many descendants. We Hobbits have against them no magic weapons. Yet, my gentlehobbits, I give you this toast: To the Hobbits. May they outlast the Sarumans and see spring again in the trees.”
 See also
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Noble Smith, "J.R.R. Tolkien Reveals TRUE Meaning Of ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ In Unearthed Audio Recording" dated 22 May 2014, huffingtonpost.com (accessed 21 December 2016)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 René van Rossenberg, "Tolkien’s Exceptional Visit to Holland: A Reconstruction", in the Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference
- ↑ Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography