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J.R.R. Tolkien Fans Around The World Are Toasting His 123rd Birthday

"The Professor" is 123 today.

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Every year, the Tolkien society encourages fans around the world to celebrate the day the much-loved author was born.

Join in the #TolkienBirthdayToast Jan. 3 at 9pm! Tell us about your toast! http://t.co/2Tlt8UnYxQ

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Join in the #TolkienBirthdayToast Jan. 3 at 9pm! Tell us about your toast! http://t.co/2Tlt8UnYxQ

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Fans are asked to simply raise a glass at 9 p.m. local time, and say "The Professor".

To the Professor. Thanks for making life an adventure. I will always be grateful. #TolkienBirthdayToast

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To the Professor. Thanks for making life an adventure. I will always be grateful. #TolkienBirthdayToast

8:07 PM - 03 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

There have also been gatherings taking place all around the world.

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Tolkien was born in 1892, and was a Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at Oxford University.

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The idea for Tolkien's beloved world came when he was marking a student's exam paper.

It is #Tolkien's birthday today. What will you be having at 9pm? :-) #TolkienBirthdayToast #123 @tolkiensociety. ...

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It is #Tolkien's birthday today. What will you be having at 9pm? :-) #TolkienBirthdayToast #123 @tolkiensociety. ...

3:42 PM - 03 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

A student had left an entire page of an exam blank, and Tolkien – for reasons unknown – wrote, "In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit."

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The Hobbit was eventually published in 1937.

Happy Brithday, Professor #Tolkien! #TolkienBirthdayToast

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Happy Brithday, Professor #Tolkien! #TolkienBirthdayToast

5:03 AM - 04 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Peter Jackson has recently said there won't be any more Tolkien films due to legal issues.

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Other works that have not been filmed include The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle Earth.

"The professor!" Cocoa beer to celebrate Tolkien's 123rd (Twelfty-Third) b'day this Saturday! #TolkienBirthdayToast

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"The professor!" Cocoa beer to celebrate Tolkien's 123rd (Twelfty-Third) b'day this Saturday! #TolkienBirthdayToast

6:05 AM - 04 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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