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Life and Times of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Life and Times of J.R.R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkein, a noted Oxford linguist, is most well known for his advanced writings in the fantasy field. Tolkein had a very interesting life: his childhood was common for someone of that era; he lived a very interesting and productive adult life. He completed great works that earn him recognition to this very day. J.R.R. Tolkein was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, now part of South Africa (Belz 27). His parents, Mabel and Arthur Tolkein, were British and worked in a bank in South Africa. He was a sickly child. His mother decided they needed a change in climate and moved the family back to England in 1895 (Belz 27). His father stayed behind and died shortly after. The village his family settled in was the inspiration of The Shire in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. There his family was converted to Catholicism, which left a feeling of detestation with his relatives. Later, Tolkein entered Oxford University in 1911 (Belz 27). There he studied modern language and Anglo-Saxon. Tolkien did not like the publicity that resulted from his works and commonly took to hiding to avoid the press. ...read more.


All of Tolkien's works are filled with riddles, songs, and lays that compliment the characters and setting of Middle Earth (Sale 34). Throughout Hatfield 4 Tolkien's career he composed three books that compliment each other well. The first, The Hobbit tells of a shy and peaceful Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who has many great adventures with dwarfs, trolls, and dragons. Later, he stumbles upon the great ring of power. Second, The Lord of the Rings tells of the battle for Middle Earth and the struggle for the ring of power. Tolkien's last book was The Silmarillion. He died writing this book that explains the full story of Middle Earth including what the creatures are and how they came to be. Tolkien creates his own world that the reader surrounds himself or herself in; he was truly a gifted writer in this aspect. Very few writers have the creativity to create a fantasy world and then write a 900 page novel based there. Tolkien's first book, The Hobbit, is commonly thrown in the category of children's fiction tales. In this book Gandalf the wizard basically drags the main character, Bilbo Baggins, through many adventures. He has many adventures that include Trolls and such. ...read more.


This book in particular is filled with many dramatic ironies that are foreshadowed in the previous books. The Lord of the Rings is by far Tolkien's most popular work. It is commonly agreed that if Tolkien had lived longer he would have been knighted. Due to Tolkien's dislike of Hatfield 6 publicity, it was said that it was harder to get an interview with him that the British Prime Minister (Belz 27). His last and least well-known work is The Silmarillion. This book basically tells the stories and history of Middle Earth. This book explains well how each race came about and depicts the setting for his other books. These books also contribute to the ironies of the previous books, and how more powerful forces control the characters. Although Tolkien does not call them gods, the controlling forces basically fit the name's requirements. This book is an essential to any of Tolkien's serious readers. Even though Tolkien started this book as a young lad, he died before completing it. The book was finished and promoted by his son Christopher and has sold over a million copies. In conclusion, Tolkien's works raised the bar for the modern fantasy field. His books will be hard for any upcoming writer in this field to match. ...read more.

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