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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

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The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been beloved works among many generations of readers since they were first published. The author of these two books, J.R.R. Tolkien is just as interesting a man as many of the characters he created in the world of Middle-Earth. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Africa to a banker manager and his wife in 1892 and had only one sibling, Hilary, who was less than two years younger (Wikipedia). When he was young both of his parents died (one from rheumatic fever, the other from diabetes) and he and his brother were raised by a Catholic priest in Birmingham (Wikipedia). Tolkien was involved in World War One and Two, first as a serviceman, then as a cryptographer (Wikipedia). Indeed he was very interested in language, learning Latin, French and German at an early age, and Finnish, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Welsh, Middle and Old English, and many others, chiefly Germanic later at school (Wikipedia). His literary career began to pick up after he returned home from the first World War and he wrote The Hobbit and the first two volumes of The Lord of the Rings during his fellowship at Pembroke College between 1925 and 1937 (Wikipedia). Although some believe that many of the events in his books were inspired by his real-life experiences in Word War One and Two, Tolkien himself states that, in regards to The Lord of the Rings, “little or nothing in it was modified by the war that began in 1939,” (The Lord of the Rings; “Forward to the Second Edition”; xvi). Either way, the works are highly regarded as important additions to modern literature, and Tolkien himself is recognized for his mastery of rhetoric, which he displays in the two works. In The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien uses ...

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