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J. R. R. Tolkien - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (also J.R.R. Tolkien, JRR Tolkien); twentieth century British Literature / English Literature
J. R. R. Tolkien
(1892 - 1973)

 
Category:  South African Literature
 
Born:  January 3, 1892
Bloemfontein, South-Africa
 
Died:  September 2, 1973
Oxford, England
 
Related authors:
A. A. Milne, Christopher Milne, Kenneth Grahame, Mervyn Peake
 
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J. R. R. Tolkien - LIFE STORIES
 
 
9/21/1937     Tolkien and Hobbit Fame
On a summer afternoon in the early 1930s, J.R.R. Tolkien looked up from the pile of student exams he was marking, gazed out the window and then, across a blank examination page, wrote the opening line of the book that was to bring him fame: "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." At the time, he did not know what a "hobbit"; before long, there would be Tolkien Societies from Iceland to North Borneo.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
J. R. R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator
by J. R. R. Tolkien, Wayne G. Hammond (Editor), Christina Scull (Editor)
illustrations
 
The Hobbit
fiction
 
The Lord of the Rings
fiction
 
Unfinished Tales of NĂºmenor and Middle-Earth
by J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (Editor)
fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography
by Humphrey Carpenter
biography
 
The History of the Lord of the Rings
by Christopher Tolkien (Editor), J.R.R. Tolkien
fiction
 
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Lord of the Rings: "Beyond the Movie"
The National Geographic invites visitors to, 'Discover the history, myth, and cultural forces that inspired The Lord of the Rings and explore the parallels between the imaginary world of Middle-earth and our own.' Offers information about the author, his influences and love for language, the creation of a mythological identity for England, and parallels between reality of the mythic world of LOTR. Highly recommended.
The Encyclopedia of Arda: An Interactive Guide
An extensive cross-indexed glossary of over 5,000 terms found in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Notes on the various specicies of creatures (e.g., Ainur, Dragons, Dwarves, Elves, Ents, Hobbits, Men, Orcs) include descriptions of culture, tribal divisions, families, titles, and individual characters. Also offers information on animals and plants, events, items, songs and tales, and languages.
The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Network
A large fan site offering information about the author, his books, and the recent LOTR films. Includes plot summaries and essays on The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Simarillion. A glossary of terms, artwork, quiz, merchandise, and information about upcoming events are also provided.
The New York Times: The Tolkien Archives
Find articles from the newspaper, including a 1938 review of The Hobbitt. Also offers an interview with Tolkien, features about his life and works, the writer's obituary, and lesson plans for the teaching of his texts.

"Mr. Tolkien is fortunate in possessing an amazing gift for naming and a wonderfully exact eye for description; by the time one has finished his book one knows the histories of Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves and the landscape they inhabit as well as one knows one's own childhood."
Tolkien-Online.com
A comprehensive survey of the books and movies, with additional information on the Inklings, recent news, etc.
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