Police called, guy hospitalized, after fistfight over Tolkien's writing

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Dec 16, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

Given that the word fan is a shortened version of fanatic, it's no surprise that tempers can run hot when passionate individuals get to debating the relative merits of J.R.R. Tolkien and his contemporary and friend, C.S. Lewis. And as the police blotter shows, there ain't no fight like a literary fight.

According to the Ann Arbor, Mich., police, two men encountered each other at a house party and, as the conversation turned to favorite authors—and they'd been drinking for a few hours—things got animated. As Lt. Renee Bush put it:

"An argument ensued and the man was suddenly struck in the side of the head, suffering a cut to his left ear. ... The man's glasses went flying off of his head and fell to the ground, with one of the lenses popping out of the frames."

A cut to the ear! Damaged eyeglasses! Eventual hospitalization! Egads, what valor!

It's unclear who sustained the injury, the Tolkien fan or the Lewis champion, but both dead authors must be cheering from the grave that their work can still spark such bloodlust ... even among the feeble.

(via The Guardian)