ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A hardbound edition of “The Hobbit” is back on the shelves at a New York library nearly 40 years after it was checked out by a reader who traveled the world as a Marine.
Bob James tells WSTM-TV in Syracuse:
The book became so popular with his fellow Marines that there was a waiting list. James believes the book was passed along to Marines and sailors serving aboard at least eight different ships in the western Pacific.
He brought the book the home after getting out of the Marines and held onto it until Monday, when he returned it to the library.
The library didn’t charge him any late fees.
“And now may I make a right choice and change the evil fate of this unhappy day!” He stood silent for a moment. “I will follow the Orcs,” he said at last, “I would have guided Frodo to Mordor and gone with him to the end; but if I seek him now in the wilderness, I abandon the captives to torment and death. My heart speaks clearly at last: the fate of the Bearer is in my hands no longer. The Company has played its part. Yet we that remain cannot forsake our companions while we have strength left. Come! We will go now. Leave all that can be spared behind! We will press on by day and dark.” . Happy #FellowshipFriday from my side of the world! Fellowship Friday almost always makes me think of the three hunters – and I myself am going on a quest that would make Strider proud in a few days! Will update you in the next few posts ? have a great end to the week everyone – the weekend is almost here! And for anyone about to ask, I’m really sorry but I can’t give you a name for where I got these bookmarks! I wish I could, but I got them at ComicCon from a vendor whose name I don’t remember. One now belongs to @sapphire.reads , the other to @coffeecoffeecat and the other got lost on the way to my friend @restrictedsection – the great tragedy of 2016!
Information from: WSTM-TV