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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on 3 January 1892 in South Africa, but moved to England as a child. He died died 2 September 1973.
From Encyclopaedia Britannica:
“For most of his adult life, he taught English language and literature, specialising in Old and Middle English, at the Universities of Leeds (1920–25) and Oxford (1925–59). …
In private, Tolkien amused himself by writing an elaborate series of fantasy tales, often dark and sorrowful, set in a world of his own creation. He made this “legendarium,” which eventually became The Silmarillion, partly to provide a setting in which “Elvish” languages he had invented could exist. But his tales of Arda and Middle-earth also grew from a desire to tell stories, influenced by a love of myths and legends.
To entertain his four children, he devised lighter fare, lively and often humorous. The longest and most important of those stories, begun about 1930, was The Hobbit, a coming-of-age fantasy about a comfort-loving “hobbit” (a smaller relative of Man) who joins a quest for a dragon’s treasure.”
These tips for writers were taken from The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter.
Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers
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