The Meaning from Within

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J. R. R. Tolkien is a very accomplished writer who has had many published works. Tolkien uses his life experiences in a creative way to portray meaning into his text. Evidence of this is clearly presented through his most notable work, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He used these books as a medium, to express events and experiences that he lived through first hand. All of his books are a timeless way for him to express himself and his ideas to generations to come. J.R.R. Tolkien was born in 1892, Bloomfontein, South Africa. He lived there for three years before moving back to England with his Mother Mabel, where his father died one year later. He was brought up in the Warwickshire countryside, where many believe this to be the basis of the Shire in Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s mother died when he was 12, leaving him to be brought up by the family’s Catholic priest, Father Francis Morgen. He studied several languages at the University of Oxford in England where he had mastered the Latin and Greek which was the main course of an arts education at that time, and was becoming more fluent in a number of other languages including Finnish. After finishing off his degree for English literature, he enlisted for the First World War in 1916. “Tolkien spent the remainder of the war alternating between hospitals and garrison duties, being deemed medically unfit for general service,” according to John Garth’s book Tolkien and the Great War. When he arrived back in England in 1917, Tolkien began working on his epic The Silmarillion. Tolkien’s other main published books were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. For the remainder of his life he continues to publish more novels and care for four children from his wife Edith. J. R. R. To... ... middle of paper ... ...en uses to bring his works alive for the reader to understand. Works Cited Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Print. Tolkien, J. R. R. The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Print. Hill, Lynn F. "Kortirion among the Trees: The Influence of Warwick on JRR Tolkien's Vision of Middle-earth.", an Essay. N.p., Oct. 2004. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. "Tolkien's Warwickshire Connection." BBC News. BBC, 22 May 2006. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. Shmoop Editorial Team. "The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again Theme of Race." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. Bratman, David. "A J.R.R. Tolkien Booklist." A J.R.R. Tolkien Booklist. N.p., 2001. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. Norman, Phillip. The Prevalence of Hobbits. New York City: Ny Times, 1967. Print.
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