You Needn't Visit the Middle Earth to See Some Treasuers of Tolkien
Byline: J. Hope Babowice
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Elizabeth Kummer, 12, of Vernon Hills wanted to know:
When did J.R.R. Tolkien die?
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For more information
To learn more about J.R.R. Tolkien, Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire suggests the following.
- "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien
- "Lord of the Rings Trilogy" by J.R.R. Tolkien
- "J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Languages and Legends" by Doris Lynch
- "J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Fantasy" by David R. Collins
- "The Lord of the Rings: Visual Companions (3)" by Jude Fisher
On the Web
National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings at www.nationalgeographic.com/ngbeyond/
"When did J.R.R. Tolkien die?" asked Elizabeth Kummer, 12, a seventh-grader at the St. Mary of Vernon religious education program in Indian Creek.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was a poet and writer. His most famous books are "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy -"The Fellowship of the Rings," "The Two Towers, " and "The Returnof the King."
Blockbuster movies have been produced about Tolkien's fantastic stories that take place in Middle Earth and feature heroes who pursue an almost unattainable prize while fighting evil.
Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Jan. 3, 1892. His family moved to England when he was 3 years old. He was orphaned at age 12.
Tolkien studied at Oxford University, where he later became a professor of Old English and Middle English. He loved ancient mythology, writing and language. His particular favorites were Norse, German and medieval legends. He was known as a philologist, an expert of language and literature.
Tolkien served in World War I as a signaling officer in the British army. He began writing while recovering from wounds incurred at the Battle of the Somme. …