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Marvellous Land of Snergs, The

About the Story

Marvellous Land of Snergs, The English author E. A. Wyke-Smith (1871-1935) published eight novels, four of which were novels for children. His children’s novel, The Marvellous Land of Snergs, experienced a resurgence of popularity after it was reported that J.R.R. Tolkien admired the novel and noted that the Snergs served as an “unconscious” model for his hobbits. Tolkien read the novel to his children and said, “I should like to record my own love and my children’s love of E.A. Wyke-Smith’s Marvellous Land of Snergs, at any rate of the Snerg element of that tale and of Gorbo, the gem of dunderheads, jewel of a companion in an escapade.” Journeying through perilous forests and through dark underground caverns are elements present in both Tolkien’s books and in The Marvellous Land of Snergs. Wyke-Smith’s fascination with caverns is perhaps due to his experience as a mining engineer in which he managed mines in countries all over the world including Mexico, South America, Spain, Portugal, and Norway.

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