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There were the Inklings.
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The Inklings were a sort of club, an informal
club of people, of like mind.
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C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Tolkien himself,
and several others.
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They used to meet and sort of have a good
drink of beer in the pub.
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They shared a love of tobacco and a love of
ale and good food.
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Just like hobbits, in fact, but they also
share an understanding of language and literature.