In 1923, Tolkien contributed a poem of his own composition to a Leeds University magazine. The poem was called ‘Iumonna Gold Galdre Bewunden’, a line taken from Beowulf that translates as ‘the gold of ancient men, wound round with magic’. In it, Tolkien describes the effect of a treasure-trove on its successive possessors, including a dwarf who ‘counted the gold things he had got’ even as his eyes grew too dim to enjoy them.
Chapter 6 'The Dwarves - Thorin'
To be published by Oloris Publishing on 18th November