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Title: A Brief Introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien


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A Brief Introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien The
Hobbit
After retirement, Tolkien and his wife
lived first in the Headington area of Oxford,
then moved to Bournemouth, but after his wife's
death in 1971, Tolkien returned to Oxford and
died after a very brief illness on 2nd September
1973, leaving his great mythological van
legendary cycle The Silmarillion to be edited for
publication by his son, Christopher.
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TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY
  • John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973)
  • Spent a happy childhood in the English
    countryside
  • His sensibility to the rural landscape can
    clearly be seen both in his writings and in his
    pictures.

3
Sample Tolkien Drawings
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TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY
  • Ronald was twelve when his mother died
  • He and his brother became wards of a kindly
    priest.
  • They both attended Kind Edward's School,
    Birmingham
  • Ronald achieved distinction in Classics, and also
    encountered Anglo-Saxon and Middle English.
  • At this time also, he began to develop his
    linguistics abilities by inventing languages
    which he related to 'fairy' or 'elvish' people.

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TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY
  • He was also commissioned in the Lancashire
    Fusiliers and served in the battle of Somme
    (World War I, 1916)
  • Two of his three closest friends were killed.

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TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY
  • After the war, he obtained a post on the New
    English Dictionary, and began to write the
    mythological and legendary cycle which he
    originally called "The Book of Lost Tales
  • This book eventually became known as The
    Silmarillion.

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TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY
  • In 1920 Tolkien was appointed as Reader in the
    English Language at the University of Leeds
  • This post was converted to a Professorship four
    years later.
  • He distinguished himself by his lively and
    imaginative teaching, and in 1925 was elected
    Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon
    at Oxford
  • Meanwhile, his family, now numbering four
    children, encouraged Tolkien to use his
    mythological imagination to deal with more homely
    topics.

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TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY
  • For his children, Tolkien wrote and illustrated
    The Father Christmas Letters, and to them he told
    the story of The Hobbit published some years
    later in 1937
  • At first, Tolkien applied himself only
    unwillingly to the requests for sequels to The
    Hobbit
  • However, soon he was inspired, and what meant to
    be another book for children grew into The Lord
    of the Rings, truly a sequel to the Silmarillion
    than to the Hobbit.
  • This huge story took twelve years to complete,
    and it was not published until Tolkien was
    approaching retirement.
  • When it did reach print, its extraordinary
    popularity took him by surprise.

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TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY
  • After his wife's death in 1971, Tolkien returned
    to Oxford and died after a very brief illness on
    2nd September 1973.
  • He left his great mythological legendary cycle
    The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by
    his son.

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The Hobbit
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The Hobbit
  • J.R.R.Tolkien's fantasy classic, originally told
    to his children.
  • The Hobbit is Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit of
    substance and somewhat sedentary habits.
  • One day he is visited by a wizard, Gandalf, and a
    gaggle of dwarves.
  • By supper time he has accepted a challenge to go
    on an expedition to steal back a fortune from a
    live dragon, and liberate the ancient home of his
    companions.
  • Fire and swords lie before him - but,
    fortunately, he doesn't know that
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