Biography

J. R. R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon a distinguished career as a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. He is the renowned creator of Middle-earth and author of the great modern classic, THE HOBBIT, the prelude to his epic masterpiece, THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Other works by J.R.R. Tolkien include THE SILMARILLION. J.R.R. Tolkien died in 1973 at the age of 81.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Books by J. R. R. Tolkien

written by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien - Fantasy, Fiction, Literary Criticism

The translation of BEOWULF by J. R. R. Tolkien was an early work, very distinctive in its mode, completed in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seemed never to have considered its publication. This edition is twofold, for there exists an illuminating commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the written form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s; and from these lectures a substantial selection has been made, to also form a commentary on the translation in this book.

by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry

THE FALL OF ARTHUR, the only venture by J.R.R. Tolkien into the legends of Arthur King of Britain, may well be regarded as his finest and most skillful achievement in the use of the Old English alliterative metre. Unhappily, it was one of several long narrative poems that he abandoned. Associated with the text of the poem, however, are many manuscript pages in which the strange evolution of the poem’s structure is revealed, together with narrative synopses and very significant notes.