Fun fact 5/11/2017

As a toddler growing up in South Africa, J.R.R. Tolkien was bitten by a tarantula! This traumatic experience, evidently, did not have an influence on his portrayals of villainous spiders in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Jones, Leslie. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography. Greenwood Publishing, Newport, CT. 2003.

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