J. R. R. Tolkien Fact Sheet: Who was J. R. R. Tolkien? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of J. R. R. Tolkien.
J. R. R. Tolkien Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1892 - 1973 *** Full Name: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien *** Occupation: English Writer, Poet, University Professor and Philologist *** Date of Birth: J. R. R. Tolkien was born on January 3rd 1892 *** Place of Birth: J. R. R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State in South Africa *** Family background: His father was Arthur Reule Tolkien and his mother was Mabel Suffield. His father was an English bank manager who would be promoted to manage the bank in South Africa *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with a younger brother, Hilary Arthur Reuel. When he was just three years old his mother took both him and his younger brother on what was supposed to be a visit only back to England but when his father died of rheumatic before they returned his mother was forced to remain in England and moved herself and her children in with his parents as she had no income *** Education: J. R. R. Tolkien together with his brother were educated by their mother at home. Ronald could read by the time he was four years old and he was a very keen young botanist and became very fond of drawing trees and landscapes but his real passion was language. He would later attend King Edward’s School in Birmingham followed by St Philip’s School ***
J. R. R. Tolkien Fact 1: J.
R. R. Tolkien was born on January
3rd 1892 and during the late 19th
century period in history when great
strides were made in the industrial
revolution, the Victoria era was
coming to a close and there were
vast technological advances being
made and many empires across the
globe collapsed, the Spanish, first
and second French, Holy Roman,
Mughal and Chinese but the British
and Russian Empires, the United
States and German Empire where on
J. R. R. Tolkien Fact 8: Not without complications the pair met up as soon as Ronald was twenty one and became engaged and married, Edith even converting to Catholicism.
J. R. R. Tolkien Fact 9:
Having elected not to volunteer to
join the armed forces at the
outbreak of World War I claiming he
had more imagination and little
courage he was constantly subject to
snide remarks, even though, to begin
with he was completing his degree
and had a legitimate excuse not to
J. R. R. Tolkien Fact 15: As the years passed and World War II was approaching Ronald would be chosen as a codebreaker and was approached and questioned of whether he would be prepared to work in the cryptographic department of the Foreign Office and he immediately agreed although it would transpire his services were not required.
J. R. R. Tolkien Fact 16: By 1948 he had completed The Lord of the Rings almost ten years after he began.
J. R. R. Tolkien Fact 17:
Edith and Ronald had four children
together, John Francis Reuel,
Michael Hilary Reuel, Christopher
John Reuel and Priscilla Mary Anne
Reuel. So devoted to his children
come Christmas time he created
letters for each child and every
year added additional character
drawings to them which included the
North Polar Bear, the Snow Man and
Olbereth the elf as well as various
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