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Christopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion .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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The Hobbit, or There and Ba...

4.28 avg rating — 3,084,475 ratings — published 1937 — 1282 editions
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The Fellowship of the Ring ...

4.37 avg rating — 2,465,540 ratings — published 1954 — 72 editions
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The Two Towers (The Lord of...

4.45 avg rating — 768,392 ratings — published 1954 — 583 editions
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The Return of the King (The...

4.53 avg rating — 721,014 ratings — published 1955 — 582 editions
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The Lord of the Rings

4.50 avg rating — 595,404 ratings — published 1955 — 529 editions
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The Hobbit, Part One

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The Silmarillion

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4.60 avg rating — 115,777 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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“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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Who is your favourite character from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings who is NOT a member of the Fellowship? (And is not Bilbo!) Vote then add a comment to say why you chose them.

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Faramir
 
  37 votes, 32.2%

Tom Bombadil
 
  19 votes, 16.5%

Eowyn (write-in)
 
  15 votes, 13.0%

Arwen
 
  9 votes, 7.8%

Theoden King
 
  8 votes, 7.0%

Treebeard
 
  8 votes, 7.0%

Galadriel
 
  6 votes, 5.2%

Eomer
 
  5 votes, 4.3%

Elrond
 
  3 votes, 2.6%

Gwaihir (write-in)
 
  2 votes, 1.7%

Ioreth (write-in)
 
  2 votes, 1.7%

Glorfindel (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.9%

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