J.R.R. Tolkien

3.1.1892-2.9.1973

Author of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion, Tolkien is best known for his literary works concerning the mythological world of Middle-earth. However, he wrote many more works ranging from fable to children's stories and his wealth of creative power is presented in the Tolkien Museum.
Tolkien held several chairs at the universities of Leeds and Oxford, most notably as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor for Anglo-Saxon (1925-1945) and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature (1945-1959). His scholarly publications included A Middle English Vocabulary (1922), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1925, with E.V. Gordon), Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics (1936) and On Fairy-Stories (1947).
Married to Edith Bratt, Tolkien was father to one daughter and three sons, one of whom, Christopher, afterwards edited his works in The History of Middle-earth. For further information I would refer you to Carpenter's Biography and Garth's Tolkien and the Great War. [Home]