It seems an unlikely formula for success: an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon, and a book that begins with a little man who lives in a hole in the ground. But The Hobbit, followed by The Lord of the Rings, created the modern genre of heroic fantasy and made J.R.R. Tolkien one of the most widely-read authors in the world.
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Also Known As:
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (full name)
Date of Birth:
January 3, 1892
Place of Birth:
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Date of Death:
September 2, 1973
B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919
|Lord of the Cinema|
|"I think that a fairy story has its own mode of reflecting 'truth'," Tolkien once said. "But first of all it must succeed as just a tale, excite, please, and even on occasion move, and within its own imagined world be accorded literary belief. To succeed in that was my primary object." And succeed he did. Nearly 50 years after he published the first title in the Ring trilogy, Tolkien has never been more popular. A new generation has discovered his books -- and the world within them -- through Peter Jackson's spectacular films.|
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Tolkien was an eminent scholar of literature himself, so it only makes sense that his life, his letters, and his books -- which many consider among the twentieth century's most influential -- should be so scrutinized by present-day scholars.