|"In a hole in the ground
there lived a Hobbit."
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
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