History Creator / JRRTolkien

8th Aug '17 2:15:09 AM Saveelich
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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, [[KnightFever 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'', followed in 2017 by ''Literature/BerenAndLuthien.''

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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, [[KnightFever 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'', followed in 2017 by ''Literature/BerenAndLuthien.''Beren and Luthien.''
7th Aug '17 12:01:50 PM Kitchen90
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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'', followed in 2017 by ''Literature/BerenAndLuthien.''

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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 [[KnightFever 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'', followed in 2017 by ''Literature/BerenAndLuthien.''
29th Jul '17 12:26:40 PM Tarlonniel
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Only the first four were published during his lifetime; the rest were published posthumously by his son Christopher. Of these, ''The Silmarillion'' and ''The Children of Húrin'' consist of a single narrative edited together from Tolkien's texts, while the rest are collections of Tolkien's material (with commentaries and notes by his son), ranging from complete narratives to early and new drafts, to essays and small fragments.

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Only the first four were published during his lifetime; the rest were published posthumously by his son Christopher. Of these, ''The Silmarillion'' and Silmarillion'', ''The Children of Húrin'' and ''Beren and Luthien'' consist of a single narrative edited together from Tolkien's texts, while the rest are collections of Tolkien's material (with commentaries and notes by his son), ranging from complete narratives to early and new drafts, to essays and small fragments.
29th Jul '17 12:24:47 PM Tarlonniel
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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 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''.
''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'', followed in 2017 by ''Literature/BerenAndLuthien.''
17th Jul '17 10:10:44 PM Jeduthun
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* DubNameChange: He was deeply annoyed when the first translations of his works altered names from his carefully [[ConLang constructed languages]] haphazardly, in particular the Swedish translation that retitled ''Literature/TheHobbit'' as.... '''''[[{{Narm}} Hompen]]'''''. To prevent this happening again he wrote detailed translation guides for other languages.
26th Apr '17 12:06:14 AM ReturnedYetAgain
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** Inverted by ''Literature/TheHobbit'', where an invisible Bilbo still casts a faint shadow.
16th Apr '17 8:34:03 PM Golondrina
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** Fair Folk like traits do occur in some of the lesser known works, notably the Lingerers(elves who stayed on Earth and whose spirit burned up most of their body) and the Unbodied(ghosts of elves who refused to stand judgement before Mandos). The first are good but mysterious, and the second are dangerous and sometimes evil(including doing things like trying to steal the bodies of mortals so they can have their own.

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** Fair Folk like traits do occur in some of the lesser known works, notably the Lingerers(elves Lingerers (elves who stayed on Earth and whose spirit burned up most of their body) and the Unbodied(ghosts of elves who refused to stand judgement before Mandos). The first are good but mysterious, and the second are dangerous and sometimes evil(including doing things like trying to steal the bodies of mortals so they can have their own.
16th Apr '17 2:10:58 AM RoccondilRinon
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* ''Literature/BerenAndLuthien'' (2017)



His other works include several shorter tales (including several written for his children) and his academic writings, some published posthumously; among these works are.
* ''Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics'': This lecture redefined the importance of ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' as a poem, rather than "a relic of the past". Tolkien himself also translated the poem. This translation was released in May, 2014 with several notes on the text from his lectures along with "Sellic Spell", a sort of thought experiment by Tolkien to show what the original legend of Beowulf may have looked like without the historical elements.

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His other works include several shorter tales (including several written for his children) and his academic writings, some published posthumously; among posthumously. Among these works are.
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* ''Beowulf: "''Beowulf'': The Monsters and the Critics'': Critics": This lecture redefined the importance of ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' as a poem, rather than "a relic of the past". Tolkien himself also translated the poem. This translation was released in May, 2014 with several notes on the text from his lectures along with "Sellic Spell", ''Sellic Spell'', a sort of thought experiment by Tolkien to show what the original legend of Beowulf may have looked like without the historical elements.elements.
* "Literature/OnFairyStories": 1939 essay discussing fairy tales as a genre.
* "A Secret Vice": lecture and essay discussing the creation of languages for purely artistic purposes.



* ''Literature/LeafByNiggle''
* ''The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún'': Retelling of the Norse ''Literature/SagaOfTheVolsungs''.

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* ''Literature/LeafByNiggle''
''Literature/LeafByNiggle'': a haunting parable of his own creative process.
* ''The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún'': Retelling Unfinished retelling of the Norse ''Literature/SagaOfTheVolsungs''.



* "Literature/OnFairyStories": 1939 essay discussing fairy tales as a genre.




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* ''The Story of Kullervo'': A short story retelling the Finnish legend that was a major source of inspiration for ''The Children of Hurin''.
* ''The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun'': A poem about a childless lord and a treacherous fairy ("the Corrigan"), in the style of a Breton lay.
23rd Mar '17 1:53:41 AM fusilcontrafusil
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* NoPronunciationGuide: Not his invented names or languages but his ''surname'', which is pronounced "Tol-keen".
22nd Mar '17 5:46:40 PM Solicitr
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-->I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by ''arisch''. I am not of ''Aryan'' extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of ''Jewish'' origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have ''no'' ancestors of that gifted people. [[{{Irony}} My great-great-grandfather came to England in the eighteenth century from Germany]]: the main part of my descent is therefore purely English, and I am an English subject which should be sufficient. I have been accustomed, nonetheless, to regard my German name with pride, and continued to do so throughout the period of the late regrettable war, in which I served in the English army.

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-->I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by ''arisch''. I am not of ''Aryan'' extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of ''Jewish'' origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have ''no'' ancestors of that gifted people. [[{{Irony}} My great-great-grandfather came to England in the eighteenth century from Germany]]: the main part of my descent is therefore purely English, and I am an English subject which should be sufficient. I have been accustomed, nonetheless, to regard my German name with pride, and continued to do so throughout the period of the late regrettable war, in which I served in the English army. I cannot, however, forbear to comment that if impertinent and irrelevant inquiries of this son are to become the rule in matters of literature, then the time is not far distant when a German name will no longer be a source of pride.
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