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J. R. R. Tolkien Biography 1892 – 1973


John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE FRSL was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, best known as the author of the high fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford from 1925 to 1945 and the Merton Professor of English Language and Literature and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford from 1945 to 1959.

J. R. R. Tolkien

BORN: 3 January 1892

HOME TOWN: Bloemfontein, Orange Free State

PARENT: Mabel Tolkien (mother) and Arthur Tolkien (father)

SPOUSE: Edith Bratt ​(m. 1916; d. 1971)

DIED: 2 September 1973 (aged 81)

PLACE OF DEATH: Bournemouth, Hampshire, England

RESTING PLACE: Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford, United Kingdom

CHILDREN: John Francis (1917–2003), Michael Hilary (1920–1984), Christopher John (1924–2020), Priscilla Anne (b. 1929)

OCCUPATION: Author, Academic, Philologist, Poet

NICKNAME(S): Gabriel

AWARDS: Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (2002), Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (2004, 2003), Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (1978), Prometheus Hall of Fame Award (2009), Goodreads Choice Awards Best Poetry (2013), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (1981), International Fantasy Award for Fiction (1957), Gandalf Award for Book-Length Fantasy (1978), Gandalf Grand Master Award (1974)…

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