News for Jul. 29, 2001

Police get tough with the hobbit-lovers of Kazakhstan

7/29/01, 11:59 am EST - Xoanon

People who dress up as hobbits have become the latest victims of a police crackdown on unconventional lifestyles in the Central Asian state of Kazakhstan.

J R R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is very popular in the countries of the former Soviet Union, where thousands of fans dress up and re-enact scenes from the book. [More]