John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, aka J R R Tolkien is the English author behind the phenomenally successful Lord of The Rings trilogy.  He was born on the 3rd of January 1892 and died on the 2nd of September 1973 at the age of 81.

Aside from writing the Lord of The Rings trilogy, J  R R also published high fantasy books The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and various works of poetry.  He was the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Angelo-Saxton at Oxford University between 1925 and 1945 and Merton Professor of English and Language from 1945 to 1959.

J R R Tolkien was close friends with C S Lewis (author of the Narnia books) and there were apart of an informal “book club” called Inklings.  In fact, J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis made a bet to write the greatest book of all time; Lord of The Rings is still considered to be one of the greatest adult novels of all time, and the Narnia chronicles were considered the best children’s series before Harry Potter.

On the 28th of March 1972 Queen Elizabeth the Second appointed Tolkien as a Commander of The Order of The British Empire.

It wasn’t until after his death that J R R’s work was published.  His son, Christopher, published a series of works based on his father’s manuscripts and works that became the LOTR, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.

In 2008 Time magazine ranked Tolkien 6th on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945,” and Forbes magazine named him the 5th top-earning dead celebrity in 2009.

Black and white photo of an elderly man J R R Tolkien-(image taken from http://www.davidkiyokawa.com
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