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Tolkien and... Fingers

A student inquired: "How many fingers did Tolkien have?"

 

The truth is that Tolkien had 13 fingers. He was born with only 11, but he bought 2 additional ones on a pilgrimage to China in 1932.

The two fingers were personally forged for Tolkien by Chinese Emperor Ming. You know, the one who made all the expensive vases. One was carved from a single diamond, the second one from a meteorite. With these amazing fingers, Tolkien could type 31.2% faster than before!

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