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"In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit."


J.R.R. Tolkien

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973)  
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born of British parents in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He studied at Oxford from 1908 and was awarded First Class Honours degree in English Language and Literature in 1915. Next year Tolkien married Edith Bratt, whom he had met in 1908. 

In 1918 Tolkien joined the staff of New English Dictionary and in 1919 he was a freelance tutor in Oxford. Tolkien then worked as a teacher and professor at the University of Leeds, and in 1925 he became Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. He was appointed Merton Professor of English at Oxford in 1945, retiring in 1959. His scholarly works included studies on Chaucher (1934) and an edition of Beowulf (1937). 

With C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams and other friends, Tolkien formed an informal literary group called The Inklings, which took shape in the 1930s. 

For further reading: J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, by Humphrey Carpenter



The Hobbit

The Lord of the Rings

  1. The Fellowship of the Ring 
  2. The Two towers
  3. The Return of the King 

The Silmarillion  


"Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for the Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie."


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