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Tolkien and... Meteorites

A student inquired: "What would happen if J.R.R. Tolkien were hit by a meteorite?"


The truth is, not very much. We know this because it actually happened.

It was in 1929. A large meteorite crashed down on Tolkien, as big as the one that killed the dinosaurs. But because Tolkien was extraordinarily hardy and strong, he was almost unharmed! He only had a small cut on the forehead. Blood trickled into his eyes!

His wife Edith offered him a bandage. "No, it is just a scratch", Tolkien said heroically. "I will still go to work like every day!" And so he did. He wrote 7 full volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary that day.

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