Tolkien class at Wis. university proves popular

In this Nov. 27, 2012 photo Marquette University Archivist Bill Fliss arranges some of the 11,000 J.R.R. Tolkien papers the university owns in the library of the Milwaukee school _ home to the largest Tolkien collection in the world. Marquette offered it's first class on J.R.R. Tolkien during the fall semester as part of their anniversary celebration of the 75th anniveresary of the "The Hobbit" being published. When "The Hobbit" movie opens Friday, the 32 students in the class will be nearly experts on J.R.R. Tolkien. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)The vast collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts initially sold senior Joe Kirchoff on Marquette University, so when the school offered its first course devoted exclusively to the English author, Kirchoff wanted in. The only problem: It was full and he wasn't on the literature track.

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