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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After Tolkien's death, his son Christopher published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion.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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I Cannot Live Without Books!
I Cannot Live Without Books! rated it 2 months ago
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." So begins one of the most famous tales in all literature, beloved by children and adults since first published in 1937. The most delightful illustration of Jemima Catlin enhances this particular edition (2013) of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins throu...
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Libromancer's Apprentice rated it 3 months ago
Probably the most fitting way leave The Lord of the Rings behind is to visit Bilbo's Last Song. A poem written as a gift to his secretary, Bilbo's Last Stand was published posthumously and serves as an epilogue to The Lord of the Ringsand The Hobbit. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes, the poem make...
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I Cannot Live Without Books! rated it 5 months ago
I read this for the first time in 2004 and several times since then. What can be said about this epic tale that has not been already said many times over? The Professor is a master story-teller, loving the world of nature as much as the world of Men, Hobbits, Elves and Dwarves. He is also a master o...
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BagEndBooks rated it 7 months ago
Let's just say that this isn't the best of Tolkien's works. It probably doesn't help that it was unfinished and Christopher Tolkien wasn't the editor.
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I Cannot Live Without Books! rated it 7 months ago
Fascinating conclusion to The History of The Lord of the Rings. Also includes The Notion Club Papers which I read a few years ago for a class. Various drafts of the fall of Numenor and the early history of Men is very interesting.
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