John Ronald Reuel Tolkien


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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien


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J.R.R. Tolkien wrote popular books of fantasy fiction. The most famous of his books are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.


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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in South Africa. At age 4 he moved with his family to Great Britain. Tolkien graduated from Oxford University in 1915.


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In 1925 Tolkien began teaching at Oxford. His classes dealt with the roots of the English language. He studied old fables, myths, and legends.


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During this time Tolkien began writing fantasy stories. Part of this writing included making up an entire language called Elvish. The characters called elves in Tolkien's stories speak this language.


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Tolkien published The Hobbit in 1937. He wrote it partly to amuse his four children. The main character of the book is a short, furry-footed creature called a hobbit.


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The story takes place in a fantasy world called Middle-earth.


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The Lord of the Rings, published in 1954 and 1955, also takes place in Middle-earth.


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This novel is sometimes divided into three parts: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.


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Tolkien died on September 2, 1973. He had started another book about Middle-earth, called The Silmarillion, but did not finish it.


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Tolkien's youngest son, Christopher, published this book in 1977.


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