History Creator / JRRTolkien

18th Dec '16 5:09:48 PM Xtifr
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'''John Ronald [[OddNameOut Reuel]] Tolkien''' (1892-1973). English linguist (born in Bloemfontein, South Africa), university professor (Leeds and Oxford), Anglo-Saxon historian, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_British_Empire CBE]], and writer. The man who brought HighFantasy (and, it could be argued, literary SpeculativeFiction as a whole) to the modern public. His most famous complete works are his tales of "Middle-earth": ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and its prefatory novel, ''Literature/TheHobbit''. A later work, ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', was published in 1977, shortly after he died. In 2007, a fourth book about Middle-earth was edited from many manuscripts to form a consistent narrative, and published as ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin''.

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'''John John Ronald [[OddNameOut Reuel]] Tolkien''' Tolkien (1892-1973). English linguist (born in Bloemfontein, South Africa), university professor (Leeds and Oxford), Anglo-Saxon historian, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_British_Empire CBE]], and writer. The man who brought HighFantasy (and, it could be argued, literary SpeculativeFiction as a whole) to the modern public. His most famous complete works are his tales of "Middle-earth": ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and its prefatory novel, ''Literature/TheHobbit''. A later work, ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', was published in 1977, shortly after he died. In 2007, a fourth book about Middle-earth was edited from many manuscripts to form a consistent narrative, and published as ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin''.
2nd Dec '16 11:35:12 AM N1KF
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He was a friend of fellow academic and writer Creator/CSLewis. At Oxford, Tolkien, Lewis, Creator/CharlesWilliams and others formed an clique called TheInklings; they would meet at pubs and discuss their writings with each other.

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He was a friend of fellow academic and writer Creator/CSLewis. At Oxford, Tolkien, Lewis, Creator/CharlesWilliams and others formed an clique called TheInklings; UsefulNotes/TheInklings; they would meet at pubs and discuss their writings with each other.
13th Oct '16 2:58:52 PM MarkLungo
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** The Rohirrim have aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture, and have been compared to Vikings that rode horses rather than ships. Their Eotheod ancestors are based on the then-perception of Goths as a people of Germanic horse-warriors. The Rohirrim military is still this while their language has developed into the later Germanic language of Anglo-Saxon. The fact they had been a people of warrior-peasants whose entire culture ran around the horse and who lived on ''plains'' (as opposed to the hilly landscape of the British Isles) also makes them comparable 16th-19th century Russian {{Cossacks}}, and to the Mongol and Plains Indian peoples.

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** The Rohirrim have aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture, and have been compared to Vikings that rode horses rather than ships. Their Eotheod ancestors are based on the then-perception of Goths as a people of Germanic horse-warriors. The Rohirrim military is still this while their language has developed into the later Germanic language of Anglo-Saxon. The fact they had been a people of warrior-peasants whose entire culture ran around the horse and who lived on ''plains'' (as opposed to the hilly landscape of the British Isles) also makes them comparable 16th-19th century Russian {{Cossacks}}, UsefulNotes/{{Cossacks}}, and to the Mongol and Plains Indian peoples.
26th Sep '16 2:27:45 AM CaptEquinox
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* CashCowFranchise: With all of the books about Middle-Earth out, along with several movies (with a live-action, three-part Hobbit coming in 2012/13), several games, and tons of merchandise based on films and books, quite a bit of money has been made on Tolkien's world.

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* CashCowFranchise: With all of the books about Middle-Earth out, along with several movies (with a live-action, three-part Hobbit coming in 2012/13), several games, and tons of merchandise based on films and books, quite a bit of money has been made on Tolkien's world. [[http://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/my-father-039-s-quot-eviscerated-quot-work-son-of-hobbit-scribe-j.r.r.-tolkien-finally-speaks-out/hobbit-silmarillion-lord-of-rings/c3s10299/#.UO0bZonjlQr Most of which has ''not'' gone to Tolkien's estate or heirs]], who actually had to take New Line to court to get even a small percentage. Christopher Tolkien is extremely bitter and sarcastic about this monetization of his father's immense contribution to world culture.
21st Sep '16 9:06:36 AM okami31
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* OnlyKnownByInitials: Full name is John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.
21st Aug '16 11:33:04 AM Jeduthun
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[[http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/tolkien-snubbed-by-nobel-prize-jury-papers-reveal/?_r=0 Recently disclosed documents]] revealed that C. S. Lewis nominated Tolkien for the UsefulNotes/NobelPrizeInLiterature, but the committee [[AwardSnub rejected him]] on the grounds that his prose "has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality." Make of that what you will.
8th Aug '16 6:40:03 PM Valaraukar
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** [[Film/TheTwoTowers The second film]] seemed to interpret Isengard/Angrenost as this.

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** [[Film/TheTwoTowers The second film]] seemed to interpret Isengard/Angrenost Orthanc as this.
8th Aug '16 6:38:13 PM Valaraukar
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** Also Thangorodrim, a pair made by Sauron's predecessor/boss Morgoth/Melkor.
** [[Film/TheTwoTowers The second film]] seemed to interpret Isengard/Angrenost as this.
2nd Jun '16 12:05:49 AM Doug86
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The earliest drafts of the great stories of the legendarium were written around the time of [[WorldWarOne World War I]], and continued to grow from there on. Tolkien worked on the legendarium for most of his life, continually exploring it further, developing and changing it again and again.

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The earliest drafts of the great stories of the legendarium were written around the time of [[WorldWarOne World War I]], UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and continued to grow from there on. Tolkien worked on the legendarium for most of his life, continually exploring it further, developing and changing it again and again.



** Sometimes after the publication, [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep the Professor]] admitted [[CaptainObvious miserable living conditions turn people evil]], based on his WorldWarOne experience.

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** Sometimes after the publication, [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep the Professor]] admitted [[CaptainObvious miserable living conditions turn people evil]], based on his WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI experience.



* WarIsHell: Constant theme since [[http://greenbooks.theonering.net/guest/files/040102_02.html Tolkien is a WorldWarOne vet]]. He did not consider it "romantic" at all.
** WrittenInInfirmity: He escaped the horrors of WorldWarOne with his body intact but his experiences, particularly as a veteran of the Battle of the Somme, left him scarred mentally, which he worked through partly by writing.

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* WarIsHell: Constant theme since [[http://greenbooks.theonering.net/guest/files/040102_02.html Tolkien is a WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI vet]]. He did not consider it "romantic" at all.
** WrittenInInfirmity: He escaped the horrors of WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI with his body intact but his experiences, particularly as a veteran of the Battle of the Somme, left him scarred mentally, which he worked through partly by writing.
27th May '16 11:25:08 AM Nautilus1
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** Tolkien had been once [[InvokedTrope asked if Men and Elves are separate species]] and he answered: the difference lies in their spiritual side, the fact that [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Men can die]] and Elves are bound to the world not only for their long life, but forever; but their bodies are biologically identical, otherwise they couldn't reproduce together.
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