With his major in English language, J.R.R. Tolkien used his knowledge to bring forth a wonderful high fantasy novel entitled The Fellowship of the Ring. Of course, this isn’t just the book that he got popular with. Many other books under the high fantasy genre made his name famous in the literary world.

Author Profile

Full Name: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
Birth Date: January 3, 1892
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Pen Names: J.R.R. Tolkien
Occupation: Author, academic, philologist, poet
Genre: Fantasy, high fantasy, translation, literary criticism
Children: John Francis, Michael Hilary, Christopher John, Priscilla Anne

Interesting Facts

  • As a child, people called him Ronald. At just 4 years old, his father passed from a fever, and when he was 12 his mother died with diabetic complications leaving him and his brother orphans.
  • He studied at Oxford, where he spent beyond his means and indebted himself in order to keep up with his friends, who were more financially fortunate than him.
  • He was a professor at Oxford University between 1952 and 1959, during which he taught between 70 and 136 lectures a year, instead of the 36 annual lectures his contract call for.
  • He served in the WWI, and was present at the Battle of Somme. During his development, he developed a secret code in which he informed Edith of his whereabouts, thus undergoing censorship.
  • He liked to think that the Lord of the Rings was written as if it was translated into English from Westron, which was a common language spoken among Elves, Men, Dwarves, Hobbits, and even Orcs.
  • When The Hobbit was beginning its translation into German, Tolkien received a letter form the Nazi party that asked him to prove he was Aryan. Tolkien responded that he wished he had Jewish ancestors.

Featured Books

Notable Characters Created

+ Bilbo Baggins

+ Gandalf

+ Sauron