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J.R.R. Tolkien is Spinning in His Grave (and Coming Up 7-7-7)

Author and scholar J.R.R. Tolkien earned a first-class degree from Exeter College in 1915, fought in World War I, spent decades deep in study of ancient liguistics and philology, taught at Oxford as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, and spent another two decades writing the great epic tales he is known for… all leading to this august moment:

Yes, the Lord of the Rings slot machine.  Now available at a casino near you!  

This particular version was spotted at the Paris Las Vegas. (You can see the framework of the Eiffel Tower at top right.) But the Lord of the Rings slot machines are apparently paying big all over.

Because that’s what the devoutly Catholic and deeply thoughtful Tolkien would have wanted.

Nothing says “gambling fun!” like the lidless eye of Sauron.

At least they got that nutty Elijah Wood fraidy-cat face from the movies down pat.

And remember: Gollum’s wild!

Good to see that Tolkien’s estate is treating the esteemed author and his works with the dignity they deserve. Watta world.

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