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J. R. R. Tolkien

The writer of one of the most-read books ever written... The Lord of the Rings.

03/01/1892 - 02/09/1973

J. R. R. Tolkien biography and information

  • After serving in the First World War, J. R. R. Tolkien embarked on a distinguished academic career and was recognised as one of the finest philologists in the world.
  • 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.

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Guy Gavriel KayC.S. LewisRobert JordanFrank Herbert and Raymond E. Feist.

Books by J. R. R. Tolkien

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The Hobbit: judging a book from its cover?

Posted on 12th Dec, 2014 by Laura Di Giuseppe

As we get ready for the final instalment in The Hobbit movie trilogy, we’ve decided to look at the evolution of The Hobbit covers, from the original facsimile edition to newly illustrated editions and film adaptations. Laura Di Giuseppe, J.R.R. Tolkien Brand Manager at HarperCollins Publishers has picked her favourite The Hobbit cover. Which one is yours?