At least the word according to Tolkien:

“At that time Frodo was still in his tweens, as the hobbits called the irresponsible twenties between childhood and coming of age at thirty-three.”

The Lord of the Rings, Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Party


7 thoughts on “Tweens

  1. This totally made me laugh!

    Also, on an unrelated note, I’m glad I’m not the only one having problems commenting on Blogspot.

    Thanks for checking out all our Tolkien posts!

  2. The first time I came across that expression was online and I thought that it refereed to people in their twenties…. I had read LOTR before then and so perhaps it stuck subconsciously in my mind. It does seem to fit people more in their twenties anyway, especially those in their twenties who haven’t seem to have matured, rather than children between 10 and 13.

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