I was nine- almost 50 years ago now -and we had a supply teacher for two terms. i can see her now- auburn hair and lots of big pale freckles and big glasses. At the end of each school day, all the books were put away and she read Tolkien's 'Hobbit' to us before home time.. She was one of those people who could read well, not just woodenly and she did all the voices for the characters. I was enthralled and lived for those story times.
Five years later at senior school, I discovered, quite by accident, 'The Lord of the Rings', because of knowing 'The Hobbit'.
Mrs Atherton started in me what became a life long passion for reading in general, and Tolkein in particular. I have most of his books, his biography, plates and all the films. My children know and love the stories too, and my older grand daughter (nearly 10) is growing to love them.
That teacher was one very special inspiring lady