J.R.R. Tolkien

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Biography

Date of birth: 3 January 1892

Date of death: 2 September 1973

J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892 in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State (now Free State Province, South Africa). After serving in the First World War, Tolkien embarked on a distinguished academic career and was recognised as one of the finest philologists in the world. He is, however, best known as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin.

His books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide. He was awarded a CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University in 1972. He died in 1973 at the age of 81.

Christopher Tolkien, born on 21st November 1924, is the third son of JRR Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself since his father's death in 1973 to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, The Silmarillion, and the collections entitled Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle-earth. He and his wife Baillie have lived in France since 1975.

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The Hobbit

The Hobbit

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The Pocket Hobbit

The Pocket Hobbit (Hardback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Hardback 304 pages
Published: 27/10/2011
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The Hobbit

The Hobbit (Hardback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Hardback 320 pages
Published: 08/11/2012
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The Hobbit

The Hobbit (Paperback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Paperback 400 pages
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The Hobbit

The Hobbit (Paperback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 07/06/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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The Hobbit: The Worldwide Bestseller

The Hobbit: The Worldwide Bestseller (Paperback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 07/05/1996
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The Hobbit

The Hobbit (Hardback)

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Format: Hardback 384 pages
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The Hobbit (Hardback)

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Format: Hardback 384 pages
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The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings (Paperback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Paperback 1216 pages
Published: 05/06/1995
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The Children of Hurin

The Children of Hurin (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 01/04/2008
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Unfinished Tales: of Numenor and Middle-Earth

Unfinished Tales: of Numenor and Middle-Earth (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 624 pages
Published: 01/04/1992
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Unfinished Tales (Deluxe Slipcase Edition)

Unfinished Tales (Deluxe Slipcase Edition) (Hardback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Hardback 464 pages
Published: 05/12/2013
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The History of Middle-earth: Index - The History of Middle-Earth No. 13

The History of Middle-earth: Index - The History of Middle-Earth No. 13 (Paperback)

by Christopher Tolkien, et al.

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 05/08/2002
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The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 01/04/2010
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Letters from Father Christmas

Letters from Father Christmas (Paperback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Paperback 160 pages
Published: 01/10/2009
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The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion (Paperback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 01/08/2013
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The Hobbit

The Hobbit (Hardback)

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Format: Hardback 320 pages
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The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring (Hardback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Hardback 432 pages
Published: 24/10/2013
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The Two Towers

The Two Towers (Hardback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Hardback 352 pages
Published: 24/10/2013
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The Return of the King

The Return of the King (Hardback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Hardback 432 pages
Published: 24/10/2013
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The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set

The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set (Paperback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Format: Paperback 1472 pages
Published: 03/11/1997
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The Fall of Arthur

The Fall of Arthur (Hardback)

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Format: Hardback 240 pages
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Mr Bliss

Mr Bliss (Hardback)

by J. R. R. Tolkien, et al.

Format: Hardback 192 pages
Published: 29/09/2011
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