Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Interesting Facts- J. R. R. Tolkien

So tonight I have some short facts on the famous author. I'm writing a research paper on him, so next week, I'll hopefully be posting that so you guys can find out more about him.

A younger version.
  • 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. 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

So there ya go! 



  1. Those were interesting facts! Glad you shared them!

    I love the old picture of him. He just looks so happy and friendly.

  2. Thanks! I'm glad you found them interesting!

    I agree. He does look like a happy person.

  3. I did not get to much out of them but they were still somewhat interesting.:/

    1. Thanks for the input! I'm hoping to do a more in-depth blogpost myself once I get the time.


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