- NAME: J.R.R. Tolkien
- OCCUPATION: Linguist, Author
- BIRTH DATE: January 03, 1892
- DEATH DATE: September 02, 1973
- EDUCATION: King Edward's School, Exeter College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Bloemfontein, South Africa
- PLACE OF DEATH: Bournemouth, Dorset, England
- Full Name: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
- AKA: J.R.R. Tolkien
- AKA: J. R. R. Tolkien
- AKA: Tolkien
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J.R.R. Tolkien is an internationally renowned fantasy writer. He is best known for authoring The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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His wife Edith died in 1971, and Tolkien died on September 2, 1973, at the age of 81. He was survived by four children.
The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series are grouped among the most popular books in the world, having sold tens of millions of copies. The Rings trilogy was also adapted by director Peter Jackson into a highly popular, award-winning trio of films starring Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett and Viggo Mortensen, among others. Jackson is also at the helm of a three-part Hobbit movie adaptation starring Martin Freeman, with the first installment being released at the end of 2012.
Tolkien's son Christopher has edited several works that weren't completed at the time of his father's death, including The Silmarillion and The Children of Húrin, which were published posthumously. The Art of the Hobbit was published in 2012, celebrating the novel's 75th anniversary by presenting Tolkien's original illustrations.
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