J.R.R. Tolkien

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J.R.R. Tolkien

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born
in Bloemfontein, Mangaung, Free State, 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 (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 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Christopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion .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 lang
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Average rating: 4.28 · 4,493,422 ratings · 68,409 reviews · 242 distinct works · Similar authors
The Hobbit
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 1,654,830 ratings — published 1937 — 776 editions
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The Fellowship of the Ring ...
4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 1,255,047 ratings — published 1954 — 468 editions
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The Return of the King (The...
4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 371,448 ratings — published 1954 — 382 editions
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The Two Towers (The Lord of...
4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 379,212 ratings — published 1954 — 383 editions
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The Lord of the Rings (The ...
4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 313,676 ratings — published 1954 — 347 editions
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The Silmarillion
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 73,172 ratings — published 1973 — 59 editions
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The Children of Húrin
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 32,804 ratings — published 1988 — 110 editions
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Unfinished Tales of Númenor...
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The Book of Lost Tales, Par...
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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

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
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

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