J.R.R. Tolkien

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J.R.R. Tolkien


Born
in Bloemfontein, Mangaung, Free State, South Africa
January 03, 1892

Died
September 02, 1973

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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Christopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion .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 l
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Average rating: 4.29 · 5,478,242 ratings · 81,338 reviews · 356 distinct works · Similar authors
The Hobbit

4.23 avg rating — 1,926,215 ratings — published 1937 — 867 editions
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The Fellowship of the Ring ...

4.32 avg rating — 1,566,683 ratings — published 1954 — 518 editions
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The Two Towers (The Lord of...

4.40 avg rating — 466,124 ratings — published 1954 — 414 editions
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The Return of the King (The...

4.49 avg rating — 450,941 ratings — published 1955 — 117 editions
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The Lord of the Rings (The ...

4.46 avg rating — 383,872 ratings — published 1955 — 348 editions
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The Silmarillion

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3.85 avg rating — 139,817 ratings — published 1977 — 321 editions
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4.59 avg rating — 86,726 ratings — published 1973 — 65 editions
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The Children of Húrin

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Unfinished Tales of Númenor...

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3.91 avg rating — 20,623 ratings — published 1980 — 110 editions
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The Book of Lost Tales, Par...

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The Hobbit The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers The Return of the King The Silmarillion Unfinished Tales of Númenor... The Children of Húrin
Middle-Earth Universe (23 books)
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The History of Middle-Earth (13 books)
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The History of The Lord of the Rings (4 books)
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“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

Polls

Fourth Quarter 2014 Long Read

1862, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, 1463 pages
 
  35 votes, 20.0%

 
  25 votes, 14.3%

1954, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1178 pages
 
  24 votes, 13.7%

1872, Middlemarch by George Eliot, 904 pages
 
  20 votes, 11.4%

 
  17 votes, 9.7%

1874, The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, 723 pages
 
  11 votes, 6.3%

800 BC, The Iliad by Homer, 683 pages
 
  11 votes, 6.3%

1957, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 1168 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.1%

1993, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, 1474 pages
 
  8 votes, 4.6%

1996, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, 1079 pages
 
  8 votes, 4.6%

 
  5 votes, 2.9%

 
  2 votes, 1.1%

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