Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Sir: May the hair on your toes grow ever longer. Thanks for the story on The Lord of the Rings [July 15]. And by the way, college students aren't the only ones who read about hobbits: I'm a sophomore in high school.
Long Beach, Calif.
Sir: I have been reading Tolkien since I was ten, at a time when, as you say, it "languished largely unread." At that time, Tolkien came as a blessed and delightful discovery, unsullied by elvish slogans on subway walls, FRODO LIVES buttons, or campus societies. But now, everywhere one turns, gushing over-enthusiasts are...