J.R.R. Tolkien

Author of The Fellowship of the Ring and 80+ Books

J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien


John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE was an English writer, poet, veteran of the WWI (First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist and university professor, best known as the author of fantasy classic works The Hobbitand 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 was an English language professor at Oxford. These, together wit... h The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional stories, invented languages, and literary essays about an imagined world called Arda, and the Middle Earth within it. Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the word "legendarium" to the greater part of these writings. While before Tolkien many other authors had published fantasy works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings' great success led directly to a popular genre resurgence. This has led to the popular identification of Tolkien as the "father" of modern fantasy literature or, more accurately, high fantasy. Tolkiens writings have inspired many other works of fantasy and have had a lasting effect on the whole field. In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945." Forbes ranked him 5th top-earning dead celebrity in 2009. Religious influences J.R.R. Tolkien, born in South Africa in 1892, but his family moved to Britain when he was about 3 years old. His mother converted to Catholicism when Tolkien was eight years old, and throughout his life he remained a Catholic. He unhesitatingly testified in his last interview, two years before his death, Im, a devout Roman Catholic. Tolkien married Edith, the sweetheart of his childhood, and they had four children. Every year, as if from Santa Claus, he wrote them letters and a selection of them was published as The Father Christmas Letters in 1976. A Catholic priest became one of the Tolkiens sons. Tolkien was a Jerusalem Bible translation consultant. To his friend Robert Murray, an English Jesuit priest, Tolkien once described The Lord of the Rings as "a primarily religious and Catholic work, unconsciously at first, but consciously in revision." There are many theological themes underlying the narrative, including the battle of good versus evil, the triumph of humility over pride, and the activity of grace. The saga also includes themes that include death and immortality, mercy and compassion, resurrection, salvation, repentance, self-sacrifice, free will, justice, fellowship, authority, and healing. Moreover, the Lords Prayer "and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil" was reportedly present in the mind of Tolkiens as he described Frodos' struggles against the "one ring" power.READ MORE

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Popular quotes by J.R.R. Tolkien


The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say

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.

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I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.

Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.

It seemed to him that he had stepped through a high window that looked on a vanished world. A light was upon it for which his language had no name. All that he saw was shapely, but the shapes seemed at once clear cut, as if they had been first conceived and drawn at the uncovering of his eyes, and ancient as if they had endured for ever. He saw no colour but those he knew, gold and white and blue and green, but they were fresh and poignant, as if he had at that moment first perceived them and made names for them new and wonderful. In winter here no heart could mourn for summer or for spring. No blemish or sickness or deformity could be seen in anything that grew upon the earth. On the land of Lorien there was no stain.

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