John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was a writer, poet, WWI veteran, a university professor and of course we all know him as the author of the world famous Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.
J.R.R. Tolkien passed away 2 September 1973.
Christopher Tolkien edited and published a series (some incomplete) of his father’s works and this together with the LOTR Trilogy and The Hobbit form a connection of stories of various times within the Middle-Earth Universe.
At this time, I have read the first two of the LOTR Trilogy and I’ve read The Hobbit multiple times. Clearly, I have a favourite of the series. Funny story, I had read the Hobbit and was discussing the ending with a friend when he said that Thorin didn’t die at the end and I argued saying that I had just finished the book and I knew for a fact that I was right. Instead of going back to the page, I read the entire book from the beginning. All this just to prove a point. I read The Hobbit before the other books but I’ve been watching the movies since I was a kid (Sundays were LOTR days with my granny).
J.R.R. Tolkien shares a birthday with a friend of mine and naturally I freaked out when I found out he was born in South Africa, me being a South African myself. This man created a world that so many of us look forward to when we open his books. He created an entire language that many have studied over the years and actually speak (I haven’t gone that far yet). I always choose the Hogwarts door when I’m asked, but I say that the only reason I don’t go through that Middle-Earth door is because I don’t fancy being chased down and killed by dragons.
I wasn’t really keen on reading any of Tolkien’s works when I was younger but to think that one book changed it all for me and made me want to live in that world was great for me. The way Tolkien’s writing affects us is phenomenal. He’s changed so many people’s lives and I can think of the times I smiled while walking through the crowd at comic con over these past few years and hearing peoples’ different takes on how the story went down.
Tolkien’s works bring people together and I don’t think it gets any better than that. I am thankful that he shared his works with the world and allowed us to find yet another land in which we wish to escape to. Thank you, Tolkien!