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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: writer, artist, scholar, linguist. Known to millions around the world as the author of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien spent most of his life teaching at the University of Oxford where he was a distinguished academic in the fields of Old and Middle English and Old Norse. His creativity, confined to his spare time, found its outlet in fantasy works, stories for children, poetry, illustration and invented languages and alphabets.

Tolkien’s most popular works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are set in Middle-earth, an imagined world with strangely familiar settings inhabited by ancient and extraordinary peoples. Through this secondary world Tolkien writes perceptively of universal human concerns – love and loss,
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The Hobbit (The Lord of the...

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The Fellowship of the Ring ...

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The Two Towers (The Lord of...

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The Return of the King (The...

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The Lord of the Rings

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The Hobbit, Part One

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The Silmarillion

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The Children of Húrin

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Unfinished Tales of Númenor...

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Quotes by J.R.R. Tolkien  (?)
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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, 63.4%

I read The Lord of the Rings after seeing Jackson's films
 
  45 votes, 36.6%

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