Friday, January 28, 2011

Hobbits were Archivists

How cool is that!

The introduction to Lord of the Rings ends with a section titled 'Note on the Shire Records'. I particularly liked this description of some of the hobbits' activities as collecting archivists:

At Great Smials the books were of less interest to Shire-folk, though more important for larger history. None of them was written by Peregrin, but he and his successors collected many manuscripts written by scribes of Gondor: mainly copies or summaries of histories or legends relating to Elendil and his heirs. Only here in the Shire were to be found extensive materials for the history of Nung of Sauron. It was probably at Great Smials that The Tale of Years was put together, with the assistance of material collected by Meriadoc.
I would have inflicted more on you, but typing out the whole section would take too long.


Like sunshine in the home said...

Good ol' hobbits.

Melanie B said...

Very cool!

Mary G said...

Can I just say I too think this is cool! Archivists unite!

Missus Wookie said...

That is just too cool :)

Oh and my memories of your eldest almost all involve mad hair - usually escaping from whatever you'd tried to do to it. :lol:

Anonymous said...

What edition was your source? I am curious about the "nung of sauron"