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Volume 17 No. 4 • May 2014

And This Vitally Important News Item
Reported in the Yahoo News (12/15/13)

We have now learned why certain evil characters (such as Gollum, Smaug, and an orc) in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit were all losers in their battles with humans, elves, and dwarves: they had a severe vitamin deficiency! Yes, they were felled as a result of a vitamin D deficiency, thus answering a longstanding question concerning how such powerful evil characters could have been such overwhelming losers.

As reported in the Christmas edition of the Medical Journal Of Australia, Nicholas Hopkinson, a doctor at Imperial College London and his son Joseph studied the diet, living conditions, and habitat of the characters in The Hobbit and made the Earth-shaking discovery that the evil characters were all living in the dark, with poor diets and hence were deficient in vitamin D. Meanwhile, the hobbit diet was varied, with plenty of vitamin D, and although Bilbo lived in a hole, he liked sitting in a sunny window as well as gardening, getting plenty of exposure to the sun.

The lesson to be derived from this story, according to the doctor and his son, was that the triumph of good over evil could be explained to some extent by the evil characters’ poor diet and lack of exposure to sunlight. Ah, so now we know!!

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