J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien. AP/Wide World Photos (born January 3, 1892, Bloemfontein, South Africa—died September 2, 1973, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England) English writer and scholar who achieved fame with his children's book The Hobbit (1937) and his richly inventive epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings (1954–55). Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien.    Ed.  Humphrey Carpenter with the assistance of Christopher Tolkien.George Allen and Unwin, London, 1981.   The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays.  Ed.  Christopher Tolkien.
George Allen and Unwin, London, 1983. http://www.tolkiensociety.org/tolkien/biography.html

I remember in my seventh grade class reading Ian Serraillier’s “Beowulf the Warrior” (1954) which was taken from a composition by anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet dated between the 8th and early 11th century. In 1936 J.R.R Tolkien gave a lecture “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics”. This lecture was printed in the1983 collection of Tolkien’s academic papers. “The paper remains a common source for students and scholars studying Beowulf”.   The Hobbit (1937) written by Tolkien was another book I read during my middle school years. I was fascinated how these stories opened up my imagination to worlds no one has ever seen. Since then I have seen many of the movies that are based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s work.
Tolkien’s father died when he was only four years old. His mother moved him and his older brother to Birmingham, England soon after. They lived in an industrial suburb just barely above poverty. In 1904 the boy’s mother died leaving them orphans and wards of a Catholic priest. During this time Tolkien fell in love with a young orphan girl, Edith Bratt. She became a fictional character Lúthien Tinúviel in his book Lord of the Rings. The priest, however forbid the relationship and it wasn’t until March 1916 that they could be married. They remained married until 1971 when Edith died. Tolkien received his first-class degree in June 1915. He had also been...