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					A Brief Introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien
             & The Hobbit
        TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY

 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-
 1973)
 Spent a happy childhood in the English
  countryside
 His sensibility to the rural landscape
  can clearly be seen both in his writings
  and in his pictures.
Sample Tolkien Drawings…
           TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY

 Ronald was twelve when his mother died
  He and his brother became wards of a kindly priest.
  They both attended Kind Edward's School,
   Birmingham
    Ronald achieved distinction in Classics, and also
     encountered Anglo-Saxon and Middle English.
    At this time also, he began to develop his linguistics
     abilities by inventing languages which he related to
     'fairy' or 'elvish' people.
         TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY

 He was also commissioned in the Lancashire
 Fusiliers and served in the battle of Somme
 (World War I, 1916)
  Two of his three closest friends were killed.
         TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY

 After the war, he obtained a post on the New
 English Dictionary, and began to write the
 mythological and legendary cycle which he
 originally called "The Book of Lost Tales“
  This book eventually became known as The
   Silmarillion.
                TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY

 In 1920 Tolkien was appointed as Reader in the
 English Language at the University of Leeds
    This post was converted to a Professorship four years later.
    He distinguished himself by his lively and imaginative
     teaching, and in 1925 was elected Rawlinson and Bosworth
     Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford
        Meanwhile, his family, now numbering four children, encouraged
         Tolkien to use his mythological imagination to deal with more
         homely topics.
                TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY

 For his children, Tolkien wrote and illustrated The
  Father Christmas Letters, and to them he told the
  story of The Hobbit published some years later in
  1937
 At first, Tolkien applied himself only unwillingly to
  the requests for sequels to The Hobbit
    However, soon he was inspired, and what meant to be another
     book for children grew into The Lord of the Rings, truly a
     sequel to the Silmarillion than to the Hobbit.
    This huge story took twelve years to complete, and it was not
     published until Tolkien was approaching retirement.
        When it did reach print, its extraordinary popularity took him by
         surprise.
              TOLKIEN BIOGRAPHY

 After his wife's death in 1971, Tolkien returned to
 Oxford and died after a very brief illness on 2nd
 September 1973.
    He left his great mythological legendary cycle The Silmarillion
     to be edited for publication by his son.
The Hobbit
                         The Hobbit

 J.R.R.Tolkien's fantasy classic, originally told to his
  children.
 The Hobbit is Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit of substance
  and somewhat sedentary habits.
    One day he is visited by a wizard, Gandalf, and a gaggle of
     dwarves.
    By supper time he has accepted a challenge to go on an
     expedition to steal back a fortune from a live dragon, and
     liberate the ancient home of his companions.
    Fire and swords lie before him - but, fortunately, he doesn't
     know that…

				
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