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J.R.R. Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE (/ˈtɒlkiːn/ TOL-keen;) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of... show more
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE (/ˈtɒlkiːn/ TOL-keen;) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1945 and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford from 1945 to 1959. He was at one time a close friend of C. S. Lewis—they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972.

After Tolkien's death, his son Christopher published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion. These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about a fantasy world called Arda, and Middle-earth within it. Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the term legendarium to the larger part of these writings. While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre. This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the "father" of modern fantasy literature—or, more precisely, of high fantasy.

In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". Forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning "dead celebrity" in 2009.
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Birth date: 1892-01-03
Died: 1973-09-03
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 6 days ago
If you read the Sil, then you know this story. If you haven't and have only seen the movies, (1) what is wrong with you and (2) Beren and Luthien are the couple that Strider sings about in Fellowship. This book supposedly sets the story in a story mode as opposed to bits and pieces. But it doesn...
Leigha's Little Library
Leigha's Little Library rated it 2 weeks ago
This book was very whimsical and made me feel like I was the same age as Tolkien's children and growing with them. I could almost imagine the things Tolkien wrote (as Father Christmas) were true happenings and Tolkien really was F.C., and somehow was leading two lives, one with his children and one ...
I Live in Many Worlds
I Live in Many Worlds rated it 4 weeks ago
This has been a long time coming. I have been holding off reading this trilogy for years! I don't know what it was that kept preventing me from picking up these books. I guess Life just kept getting in the way. But! I have now read The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring and I couldn't be happier....
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 months ago
(Original Review, 1980-10-13)The new Tolkien book is out. While I haven't read even half of it, I think I've read enough to produce a helpful review, so here goes. This book ("Unfinished Tales" by JRR Tolkien, $15 from Houghton Mifflin) is definitely not a book for a general readership, nor even for...
Beyond Strange New Words
Beyond Strange New Words rated it 3 months ago
The story of Beren and Lúthien is one of the three central stories of Tolkien’s Elvish history, presented in this book in a new light, revealing the process of Tokien’s writing and how it evolved from its earliest concept to the latest, though never quite finished version. Edited by Christopher Tolk...
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