J.R.R. Tolkien

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J.R.R. Tolkien

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in Bloemfontein, South Africa
January 03, 1892

died
September 02, 1973

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Catholicism, Norse Mythology, Anglo-Saxon poetry, Finnish Mythology, G...more


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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet,WWI veteran (British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959. He was a close friend of C.S. Lewis.

Christopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion .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 an imagined worl...more


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The Hobbit
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The Return of the King (The...
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The Two Towers (The Lord of...
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The Lord of the Rings (The ...
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The Silmarillion
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The Hobbit & The Lord of th...
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The Children of Húrin
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Unfinished Tales of Númenor...
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More books by J.R.R. Tolkien…
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Fourth Quarter 2014 Long Read

1862, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, 1463 pages
 
  28 votes, 20.3%

 
  20 votes, 14.5%

1954, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1178 pages
 
  16 votes, 11.6%

1872, Middlemarch by George Eliot, 904 pages
 
  16 votes, 11.6%

 
  12 votes, 8.7%

1874, The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, 723 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.5%

1993, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, 1474 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.5%

1957, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 1168 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.8%

800 BC, The Iliad by Homer, 683 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.8%

1996, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, 1079 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.3%

 
  4 votes, 2.9%

 
  2 votes, 1.4%

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