For many years, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, better known as J.R.R. Tolkien, has been in the public eye, not because of a celebrity status or a sports score, but due to his remarkable imagination. The author of the classic children books, “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, better known by its abbreviated title “The Hobbit, and “The Lord of the Rings,” which was what the wildly popular films of the same or similar names were based on, was born in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State (now Free State Province in South Africa), on January 3rd 1892.
When Tolkien was a young boy his family went for a visit to England and while there, his father passed away in South Africa before he could join him, his younger brother, and mother. The family ended up staying in England, living with his mother’s parents and later, moving to a village which inspired many scenes in his books, along with other places, such as his Aunt Jane’s farm of Bag End, the name of which would be used in his fiction. Much of Tolkien’s writings were based on life events and experiences that influenced him during the years prior to his books being published.
J.R.R. Tolkien will forever be remembered as one of the greatest authors of children literature and is most certainly the “Father” of modern fantasy.
Happy Birthday Tolkien!
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