A BOOK based on the adventures of a lesser known character from the Lord of the Rings world has sold at auction in Dorchester.

A first edition of J.R.R Tolkien's The Adventures of Tom Bombadil sold at Duke's Auctioneers in Dorchester for £9,375 with inclusion of fees.

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The book, which was also signed and inscribed by the famous author, sold at Duke's Book auction on June 17.

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil is a 1962 collection of poetry by J.R.R. Tolkien. The book contains 16 poems, two of which feature Tom Bombadil, a character encountered by Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings.

The rest of the poems are an assortment of bestiary verse and fairy tale rhyme. Three of the poems appear in The Lord of the Rings as well. The book is part of Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium.

Additionally, The Tolkiens spent holidays at the Miramar Hotel in Bournemouth, before eventually moving to Dorset in 1968 not far from the hotel.

The book was estimated to sell at auction for £2,000.