Tag: E. A. Wyke-Smith

The Marvelous Land of Snergs, book cover

The Origin of The Hobbit – Holes, Snippets, and Snergs

Where did The Hobbit come from? “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” According the now well-known story: “. . . grading papers . . . he came across a page which had been left blank. . . . an inveterate doodler . . . on that blank page, Tolkien wrote the sentence, ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.’” But significantly, Tolkien was also very familiar with a 1927 book titled The Marvelous Land of the Snergs, about a race of small human-like beings, “only slightly taller than the average table.”