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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father’s death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward’s School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shone in his classical work. After completing a First in English at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the ‘New English Dictionary’ and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called The Book of Lost Tales but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife’s death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

If you like J. R. R. Tolkien you might also like to read books by Lewis Carroll, J. M. Barrie and Kenneth Grahame.

Featured Books, with extracts, by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Colour Illustrated Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Colour Illustrated Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable and quiet life. His contentment is disturbed one day when the wizard, Gandalf, and the dwarves arrive to take him away on an adventure.
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2017
Beren and Luthien by J. R. R. Tolkien
Beren and Luthien
J. R. R. Tolkien
Painstakingly restored from Tolkien's manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Luthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
The Hobbit Facsimile First Edition Boxed Set by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit Facsimile First Edition Boxed Set
J. R. R. Tolkien
This sumptuous gift set includes a replica of the very rare first edition of The Hobbit, the only edition where one can now read the original version of the story before Tolkien re-edited it nearly 30 years later.
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set
J. R. R. Tolkien
Immerse yourself in Middle-earth with Tolkien's classic masterpieces behind the films, telling the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits' epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, dragons and monsters, in the quest to destroy the One Ring.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
An absolute classic of children’s literature, the great adventure of Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarfs. It’s important to remember how long ago this book was written, the style is not that of a modern children’s book, but the magic of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2013
The Hobbit Pocket Hardback by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit Pocket Hardback
J. R. R. Tolkien
The classic bestseller behind this year's epic second instalment The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, now in a perfectly-sized pocket hardback. This new film tie-in edition features the complete story of Bilbo Baggins' adventures in Middle-earth, with a striking cover...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set
J. R. R. Tolkien
Immerse yourself in Middle-earth with Tolkien's classic masterpieces behind the films, telling the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits' epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, dragons and monsters, in the quest to destroy the One Ring. If you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2013
The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings
J. R. R. Tolkien
Delve into Tolkien's Middle-earth with this special collector's hardback boxed set. Presented in sumptuous new cover designs discover the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits' epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, dragons and monsters, in the quest to destroy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/10/2013
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
An absolute classic of children’s literature, the great adventure of Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarfs. It’s important to remember how long ago this book was written, the style is not that of a modern children’s book, but the magic of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
The first new illustrated edition of The Hobbit for more than 15 years contains 150 brand new colour illustrations. Artist Jemima Catlin's charming and lively interpretation brings Tolkien's beloved characters to life in a way that will entice and entertain...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
An absolute classic of children’s literature, the great adventure of Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarfs. It’s important to remember how long ago this book was written, the style is not that of a modern children’s book, but the magic of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/11/2012
Hobbitus Ille The Latin Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Hobbitus Ille The Latin Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
Fascinating for Latin learners and for Tolkien fans of all ages, The Hobbit has been translated into Latin for the first time since its publication 75 years ago.
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/09/2012
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
An absolute classic of children’s literature, the great adventure of Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarfs. It’s important to remember how long ago this book was written, the style is not that of a modern children’s book, but the magic of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien
Letters from Father Christmas
J. R. R. Tolkien
No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness and 'authenticity' of Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas. To mark ten years since the publication of the complete edition of Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas in 1999,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2009
Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring - BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation by J. R. R. Tolkien
Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring - BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation
J. R. R. Tolkien
To hear a sample from this audiobook click here. The 40 Best Audio books comment: J. R. R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring has never been performed better than in this superb...
Format: Audiobook On Cd - Released: 12/11/2001
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings
J. R. R. Tolkien
Chosen by the public through a survey to coincide with the 10th birthday celebrations of World Book Day 2007, this title is one of ‘the ten books the nation can’t live without’. Have you read them all? Below are links...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 05/06/1995

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