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Continued: Malawi's mountain of inspiration

  • Article by: HENRY WISMAYER , Washington Post
  • Last update: January 19, 2014 - 7:26 AM

But what of “The Hobbit”? Weeks later, back home, an e-mail from Adam Tolkien, the author’s grandson, blows the myth away. “JRR Tolkien traveled very little outside of the British Isles,” I read in dismay. “He most definitely never traveled outside of Europe.”

And so, it seems, the rumor was a fallacy after all­ — a harmless lie invented by who-knows-who and who-knows-when. A fiction: No doubt Tolkien would have approved of that.

Does it matter? Not really. Mulanje has a magic all its own.

 

Wismayer is a freelance writer based in London. His website is www.henry wismayer.com.









 

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