Milestones: 35 Years Ago in TIME

Most of the moviegoers crowding the multiplex for The Lord of the Rings weren't around for the first Tolkien fad. TIME was, in an issue that featured Indonesia's GENERAL SUHARTO on the cover:

Holden Caulfield is a moldy fig; the Lord of the Flies has been swatted. This year, the unquestioned literary god on college campuses is a three-foot-high creature with long curly hair on his feet, a passion for six vast meals a day, and the improbable name of Frodo Baggins. And would you believe that Frodo is a hobbit? Hairy feet and all, Frodo Baggins is the reluctant hero...

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