J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. At the young age of four, his father died of peritonitis and rheumatic fever. After that his mother, his little brother, and he moved back to the town his mother grew up in. In 1904, His mother was diagnosed with diabetes and died shortly afterwards on November 14 of that year. Tolkien and his brother were left orphaned with no money once their mom died. Then Father Francis, a catholic priest that was friends with their mother, took them in. Father Francis had them stay with an aunt of theirs and then a lady named Mrs. Faulkner for a short time. In 1910, he attended King Edward’s School in Birmingham, while there he made six known contributions in the school’s chronicle. Then, in 1911, he went to Exeter College where he studied many languages both ancient and modern. He began to formulate and evolve full languages of his own that later helped him develop the planet of Middle-earth. He successfully graduated with the highest honors in 1915. While he had been at Mrs. Faulkner’s boarding school when he was sixteen, he met a young lady named Edith Bratt that was nineteen. They became friends and eventually began to form romantic feelings for each other. Father Francis realized that Tolkien and E...
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...hemes were just a few of the things in the book influenced by his beliefs and opinions.
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings to illustrate spirituality and sacrifice for what one believes in. He had a plethora of examples of self-sacrifice in his novel because when his mother died he considered her a martyr for her faith and felt that it was important for one to stand up for one’s beliefs. He also thought that having the main protagonist be that of an ordinary person was important since it served to show that even the most normal person can save a planet with the right kind of attitude and personality. Reading The Fellowship of the Ring can point out that J.R.R. Tolkien included the themes of the corrupting influence of power and the power of myth because of his strong catholic faith and intellectual ideology.
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