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Volume 20 No. 1 • February 2017


Gollum's journey commences (detail) by Frédéric Bennett (
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 D deficiency! Yes, they were felled as a result, 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 severely 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 good doctor and his son, was that the triumph of good over evil could be explained to some extent by the poor diet of the evil characters and their lack of exposure to sunlight.

SO NOW WE KNOW.......?

(reported in the YAHOO NEWS, 12/15/13)

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