Israeli Fighter Pilot Who Translated 'The Hobbit' From an Egyptian Prison Dies at 80

Col. Rami Harpaz had become leader of the air force prisoners after being taken captive. To pass the time they translated J.R.R. Tolkein's fantasy novel into Hebrew

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Col. Rami Harpaz, an Israel Air Force fighter pilot, who during three and a half years as a prisoner of war in Egypt translated "The Hobbit" into Hebrew, died Thursday at age 80.