Today is the anniversary of the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and many other works. Not only was he a wonderful author whose writings have brought pleasure to many and whose LOTR was recently brought to the big screen, he was also a brilliant linguist, medievalist, and a genuis mind. He is one of my personal heros.
Author and English scholar whose unparalleled love of linguistics resulted in “his unique insight at once into the language of poetry and the poetry of language.” After completing his studies at Oxford University, Tolkien served as Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at his alma mater. When he was not in the classroom, Tolkien was bringing the fantastical world of Middle-earth to life on the written page. Middle-earth, which he gave an Old English name, was inhabited with creatures like Elves, Dwarves, Trolls and Hobbits. The most famous of Tolkien’s tales include The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1955). The popularity of Tolkien’s works have not waned with age as evidenced by the overwhelming success of the screen adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.
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