Hail Earendel brightest of angels, over Middle Earth sent to men. This inspired some of his very early and incohate attempts at realising a world of ancient beauty in his versifying. In the summer of he took a job as tutor and escort to two Mexican boys in Dinard, France, a job which ended in tragedy.
The Lord of the Rings made him one of the best selling authors of the Twentieth Century, spawning a new genre of fantasy. Tolkien was born inBloemfontein, South Africa. After three years in South Africa, he returned to England with his Mother Mabel; unfortunately, his father died one year later, leaving him with little memory of his father.
His early childhood was, by all accounts, a happy one; he was brought up in the Warwickshire countryside many regard this idealised upbringing as the basis for the Shire in Lord of the Rings.
Inwhen John was just 12, his mother Mabel died from diabetes leaving a profound mark on him and his brother. From an early age, J. Tolkien was an excellent scholar, with an unusually specialised interest in languages. This was partly due to falling in love with his childhood sweetheart Edith. On finding out about this romance, his guardian Father Francis Morgan, prohibited John from seeing Edith until he was 21 and no longer under his care.
Father Morgen made John promise not to see Edith, and John reluctantly agreed to his request. John faithfully waited until his 21st birthday, and on this date, he renewed his contact with Edith and successfully persuaded her to marry him.
Tolkien in Oxford From an academic point of view, his separation from Edith seemed to do the trick, and a year later he won an exhibition at Exeter College, Oxford where he would study classics. John did not particularly shine in this subject and grew to enjoy the pleasures of University life, though his meagre income made it difficult to keep up with the spending habits of more affluent students.
Uninspired by the classics, John was able to switch to his real love — English literature. He was a competent scholar, but a lot of his time was spent researching other languages in the Bodleian library.
It was here in Oxford that he became fascinated with Finnish, a language which would form the basis for Quenya; a language he would later give to his Elves. His love of languages remained with Tolkien throughout his life; in particular, he began developing his own languages, a remarkable undertaking.
In fact, he later commented that languages lied at the heart of his Middle Earth creations. Tolkien said the stories existed to provide an opportunity to use the languages.
Devotees of the book may not agree, but it does illustrate the profound importance he attached to the use of language. Tolkien decided to finish off his degree before enlisting in Joining the Lancashire Fusiliers, he made it to the Western Front just before the great Somme offensive.
At first hand, J. Tolkien survived, mainly due to the persistent re-occurrence of trench fever, which saw him invalided back to England. He rarely talked about his experiences directly, but the large-scale horrors of war will undoubtedly have influenced his writings in some way.
Perhaps the imagery for the wastelands of Mordor may have had a birth in the muddy horrors of the Western Front.
It was back in England, inthat J. The Silmarillion makes hard reading, in that, it is not plot driven, but depicts the history of a universe, through an almost biblical overview.
It moves from the Creation of the Universe to the introduction of evil and the rebellion of the Noldor. It is in The Silmarillion that many roots from the Lord of the Rings stem.
It gives the Lord of the Rings the impression of a real epic. It becomes not just a story, but also the history of an entire world and peoples. Writing the Hobbit Initially, J.
He found his time absorbed in teaching and other duties of being a professor. He also found time to write important papers on medieval literature. Inhe was given the Merton professorship and gained additional duties of teaching and lecturing. The Hobbit It was sometime after that Tolkien gained an unexpected inspiration to start writing the Hobbit.
Hinting at evil things, it still ends in a happy ending for all and is primarily concerned with a triumph of good over evil. In the course of the next few years friends, including C. Lewisread his manuscript and gave good reviews.
In the course of time, the publisher Allen and Unwin were sent a copy.Unwin tactfully relayed this message to Tolkien, but asked him again if he was willing to write a sequel to The Hobbit.
Tolkien was disappointed at the apparent failure of The Silmarillion, but agreed to take up the challenge of “The New Hobbit”. Faced with a subsequent rejection of his Silmarillion mythology and a further request for more stories about hobbits, Tolkien set himself the task of writing about hobbits but he could not divorce himself from the desire to see the “greater story” find its way into print.
The Silmarillion, like Tolkien's other Middle-earth writings, Tolkien never completed The Book of Lost Tales; In the late s Tolkien returned to The Silmarillion, but much of his writing from this time was concerned more with the theological and philosophical underpinnings of the Publisher: George Allen & Unwin (UK).
Dec 28, · The name The Lord of the Rings refers to more than one character, The Lord of the Rings is a book by J.R.R. Tolkien, the sequel to his earlier work, The Hobbit. It was published in three volumes in and Writing. Tolkien did not originally intend to write a sequel to The Hobbit.
While there he started a writing group in and was regarded as a children’s book, though Tolkien would state the book wasn’t originally intended for children.
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