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J.R.R. Tolkien . Father of Middle Earth. 1892. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born January 3, 1892. His father was Arthur Tolkien and mother was Mabel Suffield. . 1911.

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J r r tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

Father of Middle Earth


  • John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born January 3, 1892. His father was Arthur Tolkien and mother was Mabel Suffield.


  • Tolkien attended Exeter College in Oxford, England. There he joined many clubs to do with speech and literature. He also was in T.B.C.S, a club he formed with friends from when he was younger.


  • Tolkien received his First Class Degree from Oxford for English Language and Liturature.

  • Invents the language Qenya, which was based off Finnish.


  • Tolkien marries Edith Bratt March 22, 1916 before heading to the Western Front as lieutenant in the British Army.

  • He returned to England when he became sick with “trench fever”.


  • Tolkien begins to write “The Book of Lost Tales” which contains early versions oh the major stories in “The Silmarillion”.


  • Tolkien returns to Oxford as a Professor of Anglo-Saxon culture.

  • There he helped form the Inklings, which studied and wrote works of literature.

  • One of the most famous Inklings was C.S. Lewis.


  • “The Hobbit” was published by Stanly Unwin.

  • The book was a huge success and is still published today.

1954 1955

  • “Lord of the Rings” was published.

  • The books were a huge success.

  • The books reestablished fantasy as an adult genre.

  • It has sold over 50 million copies and is translated into about 30 languages.


  • J.R.R. Tolkien died September 2, 1973.

  • He is buried next to his wife, Edith.


  • “The Silmarillion” was published by Tolkien’s son, Christopher.


  • Tolkien’s unpublished works, such as “The Children of Húrin”(2007), are being published by his son, Christopher. He is titled as one of the greatest authors of the 21 century.

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