Author's Stories Inspired by Brum; MAIL NEWSFOCUS ON PRIEST JOHN TOLKIEN'S FAMOUS FATHER
Byline: Ben Hurst
FATHER John Tolkien was the first of four children of the famous fantasy author J.R.R.Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings creator, whose full name was John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, was born in 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
He had many links to Birmingham, first arriving in the city aged four in 1886 with his widowed mother Mabel, and his younger brother, Hilary.
The family lived in the old village of Sarehole, which is now part of the suburb of Hall Green, and he studied at King Edward's School and St Philip's Grammar School.
The Tolkiens went on to own homes in Wake Green Road, Moseley and Duchess Road, Edgbaston.
The areas known as Moseley Bog and Sarehole Mill were known to have been a major inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's work. He based many descriptions of the world of Middle Earth, the location for his most famous works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, on the area.
Tolkien won a scholarship to Oxford University in 1912. …