Re: [mythsoc] The Tolkien Hotel
- When my son-in-law Frank Campbell was living in Geneva working for Caterpillar, Inc., he got sent to Jo’burg & Bloemfontein. I recall he told me about this maybe in 2007. The burg was just trying to explit the “JRRT was here,” perhaps.Mike Foster
Anybody else spot the reference to JRRT in the current issue of TIME? In a profile about the ANC (African National Congress), the ruling party in South Africa, occurs the following paragraph:
"The short drive to Maphikela House* crosses South Africa's divide. I start in leafy all-white suburbs, how to cafes, bookstores and the Hobbit Boutique Hotel, modeled on the fantasies of Bloemfontein's most famous son, J. R. R. Tolkien. Then I cross a railway track, and I'm in the township: no trees, full of potholes and all black. Where my tourist map indicates Maphikela House should be is instead an abandoned warehouse . . ."
Anybody else heard about 'Hobbit Boutique Hotel' before? Apparently they have a pool, which sounds v. un-hobbitlike.
*(where the ANC was founded exactly 100 years ago last week)