J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He became well-known for The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and other works. He created some of the most memorable heroes in literary history (Tolkien in the Land of Heroes).
He was part of a literary group called The Inklings, and he was a professor at University of Oxford.
Read a few quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien:
- "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." -- The Hobbit
- "Pippin looked out from the shelter of Gandalf's cloak. He wondered if he was awake or still sleeping, still in the swift-moving dream in which he had been wrapped so long since the great ride began. The dark world was rushing by and the wind sang loudly in his ears. He could see nothing but the wheeling stars, and away to his right vast shadows against the sky where the mountains of the South marched past. Sleepily he tried to reckon the time and stages of their journey, but his memory was drowsy and uncertain." -- The Return of the King
- "All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by frost."