Author of the Fortnight: J. R. R. Tolkien

“The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.” -Hubert H. Humphrey

J. R. R. Tolkien was an English author and philologist, perhaps most famous, for his’ trilogy ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Renowned for the introduction of the Modern Fantasy Genre, Tolkien’s works were very successful, and still remain a major part of fiction today.

Born in 1892, within the Orange ‘Free State Province’ of South Africa, Tolkien spent part of the minority of his childhood, within the country. His father’ had been offered a job promotion within the area, therefore inspiring the family to move to the country.

One of Tolkien’s childhood experiences, which provided innovation for parts of his novel, was an encounter with a Baboon Spider, in the garden. Before moving to the United Kingdom, he was bitten by the spider, however was not dismayed by the event; Tolkien did not have a particular dislike for spiders in later life.

After the death of his father’, Tolkien and his family, moved to the United Kingdom. It was there he spent the remainder of his youth, until taking a post in France, during the First World War, after graduating in an English Language course, from the University of Leeds.

It was his participation in World War 1, and a number of factors, which led to his first novel ‘There and Back Again’ or ‘The Hobbit’, being published in 1937.


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