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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After Tolkien's death, his son Christopher published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion.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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TITLE: Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth AUTHOR: J.R.R. Tolkien EDITOR: Christopher Tolkien ________________________________ DESCRIPTION: "Unfinished Tales is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and pro...
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TITLE: The Silmarillion AUTHOR: J.R.R. Tolkien _____________________________ DESCRIPTION: "Tolkien considered The Silmarillion his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and legends clearly sets the stage for all his other writing...
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TITLE: The Fall of Gondolin AUTHOR: J.R.R. Tolkien EDITOR: Christopher Tolkien ILLUSTRATOR: Alan Lee _______________________________ DESCRIPTION: "In the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story ...
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TITLE: The Children of Húrin AUTHOR: J.R.R. Tolkien EDITOR: Christopher Tolkien ILLUSTRATOR: Alan Lee ______________________________ DESCRIPTION: "The Tale of The Children of Húrin (Narn i Chîn Húrin), is set during the legendary time before The Lord of the Rings Morgoth, the first Dark L...
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TITLE: Beren and Lúthien AUTHOR: J.R.R. Tolkien EDITOR: Christopher Tolkien ILLUSTRATOR: Alan Lee ____________________________ DESCRIPTION: "Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and...
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