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opinion | Ethan Gilsdorf

Bilbo Baggins will save us all

‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. . .” is what Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien once absentmindedly scribbled on an exam book.

When that line led him into his first book, “The Hobbit,” published 75 years ago Friday, he had no idea it would tap into our latent cultural need for fantasy.

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