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"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.[1][2]

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[edit] The "Hobbit Dinner"

The dinner was held at an assembly hall, the Flevo-hall, part of a building called the Twaalf Provinciën Huis, that no longer exists. Author Hella Haasse was one of the guests at the large dinner.[2]

[edit] 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.[3]

In 1993, an audio recording of the speech was discovered by René van Rossenberg. An excerpt of the recording was released in 2014.[1]

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References

  1. 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. 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
  3. Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography