February 17, 2001
J.R.R. Tolkien was
born on 3 January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon a
distinguished academic career and was recognised as one of the finest philologists in the
world. He is best known as the creator of Middle-Earth and author of the classic works The Hobbit
Lord of the Rings. His books are translated into over 24 languages and have sold
many millions of copies world-wide.
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.
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