Two articles today from JSOnline in Milwaukee:

Marquette got a steal on Tolkien trove

From the Journal Sentinel

A little bit of The Shire is located in Milwaukee.

Marquette University’s world-renowned J.R.R. Tolkien Collection contains the original working papers for two of his greatest works, “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” many in the author’s own hand. [More]

Hobbit forming

Tolkien continues to set his readers’ imaginations to work

By Jackie Loohauis of the Journal Sentinel staff

British author J.R.R. Tolkien once revealed: “I am a Hobbit.”

It’s turning out that many of the rest of us are, too.

Hobbits are, of course, the 3-foot tall, curly-topped, furry-toed humanoids who take starring roles in Tolkien’s legendary literary epic, “The Lord of the Rings.” Anyone who has not yet seen a Hobbit – or a Wizard or an Orc or a High-Elven King – should get his broadsword or her shieldmaid spear ready. From distant lands come rumblings that the inhabitants of Middle-earth are about to invade our world once again. [More]

Thanks to C. Bracegirdle for the tip!