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The Life Of JRR. Tolkien
Transcript of The Life Of JRR. Tolkien
Sometime after 1930 Tolkien gained the inspiration to start writing the Hobbit. It was while marking an examination paper, that he jotted in the margins of a paper the words “In a hole in the ground lived a hobbit.” And the story the Hobbit was born
The first edition was published in 1954, and soon became a good seller. However, it was in 1965 when the book was published in America, that it really took off becoming an international bestseller. Somehow the book managed to capture the mood of the 1960s counter culture, and it became immensely popular on American campuses. Tolkien, became a household name, and Lord of the Rings would soon become renowned as the most popular book of all time.
Tolkien did not enjoy the fame that came from his literary success, and in 1968 he moved to Poole to gain a little more privacy. His beloved wife, Edith, died in 1971, and J.R.R.Tolkien died a couple of years later in 1973. After his death his creations gained increased popularity and sales. Even before the release of the Lord of the Rings films, the book, "Lord of the Rings" was often voted as best loved book of all time. His son, Christopher Tolkien, carefully went through all his manuscripts, and published posthumously several histories of middle earth, encompassing various early drafts of stories and histories.
In the Beginning
John Ronald Rewel Tolkien
Born January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa to Mable Suffiel Tolkien and Arthur Tolkien
At age 4 four, after Arthur Tolkien died Mabel and her 2 young sons moved to Birmingham, England.
Mabel dies in 1904 and boys are sent to live with family priest.
Love Life ?
John could have gotten a scholarship to Oxford had it not been for the distraction of falling in love with his childhood sweetheart Edith. It wasn't until after Father Francis Morgan prohibited John from seeing her that he got his act together that he got an exhibition to Exeter College.
J.R.R got his first class degree at Exeter College specializing in Anglo Saxon, Germanic languages and classic literature
More School ...
Uninspired by classics, Tolkien switched to English Literature, his real love. He spent a lot of time studying languages . Oxford is where he learned Finnish. He loved languages so much, he began creating his own.
First World War
JRR enlisted after obtaining his first degree.
"By 1918, all but one of my close friends were dead"
John was sent back to England mainly because of his constant catching of Trench Fever
While in England, 1917, Tolkien began to work on The Silmarillion. This book is basically the bible of LOTR.
The Fellowship of the Ring
After the success of the Hobbit , written in the 30's, the publishers Allen and Unwin encouraged Tolkien to write a sequel. He soon began to write LOTR. This book turned out to be completely different then the Hobbit . This book dug deeper into the roots and landscapes of the Silmarillion.