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Mr. Bliss is an illustrated children's story by J.R.R. Tolkien, first published posthumously in 1982. The story tells of Mr Bliss's purchase of a car, and the misadventure that follows his poor driving: he encounters several neighbours, three bears, an angry shop-owner, and his own pet the "Girabbit".

The story was likely written down in the early 1930s, is fully illustrated by Tolkien, with his own calligraphic handwriting integral to the design; it was first submitted for publication in 1936 but the cost of reproducing the artwork made it prohibitively expensive. Tolkien endeavoured to redraw it, but never got around to it; it was finally published in 1982, and in 2007 it was rescanned and republished to a higher quality.

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'I have come,' he said. 'But I do not choose now to do what I came to do. I will not do this deed. The Ring is mine!' And suddenly, as he set it on his finger, he vanished from Sam's sight.

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age"
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Books: The Hobbit (1937) · The Lord of the Rings (1954-5) · The Silmarillion (1977) · Unfinished Tales (1980) · The Children of Húrin (2007) · Beren and Lúthien (2017) · The Fall of Gondolin (2018) · The History of Middle-earth (1983-96) · Tales from the Perilous Realm (1945-98) · Letters from Father Christmas (1976)

Adaptations: The Hobbit (1977) · The Lord of the Rings (1978) · The Return of the King (1980) · The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · The Two Towers (2002) · The Return of the King (2003) · Born of Hope (2009) · An Unexpected Journey (2012) · The Desolation of Smaug (2013) · The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) · The Lord of the Rings TV series (forthcoming)

The Hobbit Characters: Bilbo · Gandalf · Thorin · Balin · Dwalin · Fíli · Kíli · Dori · Nori · Ori · Óin · Glóin · Bifur · Bofur · Bombur · Elrond · Great Goblin · Gollum · Beorn · Great Eagle · Elven-king · Smaug · Bard (more)

TLOTR Characters: Frodo · Sam · Merry · Pippin · Gandalf · Aragorn · Boromir · Legolas · Gimli · Elrond · Galadriel · Théoden · Éomer · Éowyn · Saruman · Sauron · Witch-king · Denethor · Faramir · Gollum · Tom Bombadil (more)

The Silmarillion Characters: Ar-Pharazôn · Aulë · Beren · Celebrimbor · Eärendil · Elbereth · Elendil · Elros · Elwing · Eru · Fëanor (and sons) · Finduilas · Fingolfin · Finrod · Finwë · Gil-galad · Glaurung · Huan · Huor · Húrin · Isildur · Lúthien · Maeglin · Mandos · Manwë · Morgoth · Morwen · Nienor · Orodreth · Oromë · Thingol · Tuor · Turgon · Túrin · Ulmo (more)

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