A note in Tolkien's pocket
- There is a German magazine, _PM Biografie_, which publishes
biographic articles about interesting people. Issue 2/2008,
which I recently acquired, contains an article about Tolkien.
It ends with a presumably invented story which I do not
remember having seen before: "In einer Innentasche der Tweedjacke,
die er zuletzt getragen hat, findet man einen kleinen, mehrmals
zusammengefalteten Zettel. In Tolkiens Schrift ist das Ziel
seiner Sehnsucht aufgeschrieben: 'the shire'." [My translation:
"In an inner pocket of the tweed jacket he had last worn, they
found a small, many times folded, piece of paper. In Tolkien's
hand the object of his longing is written down: 'the shire'."]
Does anyone know the origin of this story?