Bloemfontein stories

South Africa has a culture of story-telling. ‘Bloemfonteiners’ are a special breed amongst the story-tellers. Esther and Jake are the previous owners of The Hobbit in Bloemfontein; it was the home of J.R.R. Tolkien in the first years of his life. Esther and Jake met all his children visiting the place of birth of their famous father and The Hobbit was once mentioned as the ‘Numero Uno’ guest house in South Africa. Every now and then people from Bloemfontein are visiting the previous proprietors of The Hobbit and when they start telling their stories ….


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