“I have chosen Mr. Baggins and that ought to be enough for all of you. If I say he is a Burglar, a Burglar he is, or will be when the time comes. There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself.”
1958 - J.R.R. Tolkien is invited by the Dutch publisher Het Spectrum to attend a "Hobbit Dinner" in Rotterdam. Tolkien is especially delighted by the "maggot soup" and the three barrels of tobacco he receives. Author Hella Haasse gives a speech.