Reblogged from Middle-Earth is not an imaginary world
"One Morning Long Ago" — Ted Nasmith
One of the candidates had mercifully left one of the pages with no writing on it (which is the best thing that can possibly happen to an examiner) and I wrote on it: ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit’. Names always generate a story in my mind. Eventually I thought I’d better find out what hobbits were like. But that’s only the beginning.