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Christopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion .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, inven
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Average rating: 4.34 · 9,006,557 ratings · 143,571 reviews · 497 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Hobbit, or There and Ba...

4.28 avg rating — 3,067,450 ratings — published 1937 — 12 editions
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The Fellowship of the Ring ...

4.37 avg rating — 2,454,928 ratings — published 1954 — 6 editions
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The Two Towers (The Lord of...

4.45 avg rating — 763,567 ratings — published 1954 — 583 editions
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The Return of the King (The...

4.53 avg rating — 717,004 ratings — published 1955 — 581 editions
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The Lord of the Rings

4.50 avg rating — 592,894 ratings — published 1955 — 527 editions
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The Hobbit, Part One

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The Silmarillion

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3.94 avg rating — 233,033 ratings — published 1977 — 438 editions
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4.60 avg rating — 115,259 ratings — published 1955 — 81 editions
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The Children of Húrin

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Unfinished Tales of Númenor...

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The Hobbit, or There and Ba... The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers The Return of the King The Silmarillion Unfinished Tales of Númenor... The Children of Húrin
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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

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Opinion may be divided as to whether Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy does a good job of interpreting J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork, but how many of us in the group found Tolkien as a result of watching those films?

I read The Lord of the Rings before seeing Jackson's films
 
  78 votes, 61.9%

I read The Lord of the Rings after seeing Jackson's films
 
  48 votes, 38.1%

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