J.R.R. Tolkien

Professor in Bournemouth, United Kingdom

J.R.R. Tolkien

Professor in Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Hello, my name is John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, or J.R.R. Tolkien, and I am a Professor in Bournemouth, UK. I was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, on January 3rd, 1892. I soon moved to England, all the while studying philology at Oxford and creating my own languages, mostly for my own pleasure.

I am a veteran of WWI and was frequently ill during the war, ending up at home with my wife Edith. I have been an academic my whole life, studying at King Edward's and Oxford and teaching at Leeds and Oxford. One of my early influences is an Old English poem titled The "Crist of Cynewulf," in which Earendel, an angel, was sent to guard Middle Earth.

My academic works include “Beowulf, the Monsters and the Critics” and a translation of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."

Pivotal to my career as a writer was my involvement in a group of writers known as "The Inklings." Our small collective of writers met each week to share our thoughts on academic manners, enjoy the pleasantries of food and drink, and sometimes read and share our written works. We were an informal group and met for the sake of good company, and it is thanks to them, and notably C.S. Lewis, that I continued to write in Middle-Earth.

Around me, my peers, all men of scholarly roots, drank, reveled, and laughed in each other's presence. C.S. Lewis had said something especially clever about a talking lion saving the day in a war of good and evil. I was too busy focusing on a word written on a napkin that had perplexed me for days: Hobbit. What did a Hobbit do? What kind of hole did one live in? Lewis shook me from my trance, spilling ale on my coat. I wiped off the liquid, leaving a stain on my tweed jacket, and glanced back at my napkin. Lewis snagged the makeshift parchment, tottering in his chair. "Come now, John," Lewis said, his words slowly drifting from his mouth, "you must tell us: what is a Hobbit?" I smiled and responded, "All I know is it lives in a hole in the ground."

I have always believed in the simple pleasantries of good food, company, and discourse. Often people get wrapped up in the pursuit of gold and newfangled toys, but to me, communion with friends is priceless. It is from here that I believe Hobbits were born: a plain folk who enjoy many meals, dancing, and gardening. In that sense, I too, am a Hobbit!

I hope you will enjoy my first book, "The Hobbit," which is found in the above link. If you should like to contact me, please send postal mail to my house.