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- Was born in South Africa
- Met his wife, Edith, when he was 16 and she was 19. His guardian, Father Francis, forbade him from seeing her until he was twenty-one. So he waited until then, convinced her to break off an engagement with another man, and married her.
- Fought in WWI.
- Loved languages and was a professor at Oxford and other colleges. He loved Welsh and Finnish which inspired his Elvish languages.
- He could speak and read Latin and Greek.
- Had four children.
- The Hobbit started out as a line on a blank paper a student didn't finish. He then wrote more of the story and read it to his kids. Eventually the story made its way to publishers.
- Inspiration for his story about Beren and Luthien came from his wife and him. On thier gravestones, he has Beren under his name and Luthien under Edith's.
- He worked on the W section of the Oxford English dictionary.
- He was best friends with C. S. Lewis and played a part in Lewis's conversation to Christianity.
- The Lord of the Rings was popular enough (it had even been put into a condensed radio adaption on BBC) but it really took off when it went into a pirated paperback version in 1965.
Also, here's some short videos on his life in case you can't wait for my research paper.
So there ya go!