Ceci est une pipe (2)

By: Joshua Glenn
May 23, 2010

One in an irregular series of posts analyzing and celebrating the pipe’s metaphorical significance in US pop culture.

HiLo Hero J.R.R. Tolkien, whose novels celebrated Hobbit pipe-weed so lavishly that Jeff Alexander and Tom Bissell developed a semi-coherent paranoid theory arguing that the Shire’s surfeit of that addictive crop leads to Middle Earth-wide war, was a voracious pipe-smoker. It’s said he favored Capstan Navy Cut or Player’s Navy Cut tobaccos.

J.R.R. Tolkien's drawing of Bag-End, with a pipe-smoking hobbit

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