Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy 122nd, Dr. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was a writer, poet, philologist, and professor, best known as the author of the classic fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. He served as Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford, and was a close friend of C. S. Lewis, also a professor at Oxford. They were founding members of the informal literary discussion group known as "The Inklings".

The Lord of the Rings is the second best-selling novel ever written, and in 2000 was voted by many as the "Book of the Century".


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