John R. R. Tolkien

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In 1937, John R. R. Tolkien published The Hobbit; a children’s book that started with one significant sentence while grading one of his student’s assignments. That sentence gave birth to an entire universe that inspired Tolkien to write novels and poems and even a new language - that slightly resembled Finnish - according to The Tolkien Society. Tolkien’s world of elves, dwarves, orcs and hobbits is one that inspires children and adults alike. Although everyone is familiar with his novels, less acknowledged is the numinous collection of poems Tolkien created that reference his world of hobbits. His adventurous plots take readers on a journey with all kinds of literary devices. J. R. R. Tolkien’s literary style within his poems and his novels portray devices that embrace archaic diction, adventurous, playful tone, and influence and allusions from mythology, all which pertain to his literary significance and his personal life. On January 3rd of 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in the Free State Province in South Africa. His father was a bank manager who received a promotion which caused the move from England to South Africa. In college Tolkien studied Classics, like Virgil and Homer, at Oxford in 1911, but switched to English Literature and Language after two years. He graduated with First Class Honors in 1915. At age sixteen, Tolkien met Edith Bratt, his future wife. Their love story is often thought to be the inspiration for one of Tolkien’s stories that would later be found in his book The Silmarillion. Tolkien and Edith’s relationship was originally forbidden due to Edith’s Protestant faith and Tolkien’s guardian’s belief that Edith was distracting to his work. Tolkien and Edith split up until his 21st birthday... ... middle of paper ... ... surface of analyzing Tolkien’s style with criticism of some of Tolkien’s untraditional passages compared to modern literature. For example, Tolkien uses parallel themes and structure compared to Shakespeare. Tolkien uses similar “grammatical, syntactic, lexical, and even aural effects” (Drout) that parallel Shakespeare’s King Lear, according to Drout. Similarly, an online blog post submitted by Andreth Laiqualasse critiques and analyzes the influence of Catholicism on Tolkien’s work. Laiqualasse states that Tolkien’s keen belief in the truth of Christianity mixed with Tolkien’s belief in the books he created are now beloved by readers everywhere because of Tolkien’s faith. Laiqualasse states that by Tolkien employing his philosophy and sub-creation, the result work will seep with Catholic themes which reveal a lot about Tolkien himself, according to Laiqualasse.

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