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Hobbit’s Gollum Lacked Precioussss Vitamins : Discovery News

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A little offbeat, but a great application of science to literature.

Think kindly of the dragon Smaug. Shed a tear for Gollum. And give an orc a hug. If only they had tucked into the occasional quiche and salad or a touch of smoked salmon, or had a few sessions on a sunbed. How much kinder history would have been to them.So suggests an offbeat study, released on Sunday, which concludes that the evil characters in J.R.R. Tolkien\’s \”The Hobbit\” lost their battle against men, elves and dwarves because they suffered from vitamin deficiency.

Shunning sunlight, surviving on a sketchy or unbalanced diet based on rotten meat or (in Gollum’s case) the occasional blind fish, they lacked vitamin D, a key component for healthy bones and muscle strength.

via Hobbit’s Gollum Lacked Precioussss Vitamins : Discovery News.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.