John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father’s death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward’s School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shone in his classical work. After completing a First in English at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the ‘New English Dictionary’ and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called ‘The Book of Lost Tales’ but which eventually became known as ‘The Silmarillion’.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of ‘The Hobbit’. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to ‘The Hobbit’ and gradually Tolkien wrote ‘The Lord of the Rings’, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife’s death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving ‘The Silmarillion’ to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Books by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun
Unfinished Tales
The Annotated Hobbit
The Fall of Gondolin
The Fall of Gondolin
The Fall of Gondolin
The Hobbit Facsimile Gift Edition [Lenticular cover]
Beren and Lúthien
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
The Complete History of Middle-earth
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Gift Set: A Middle-earth Treasury
The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide
The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide
The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide
The Complete History of Middle-earth
The Complete History of Middle-earth
Beren and Lúthien
The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide
The Colour Illustrated Hobbit
The Story of Kullervo
Lord Of The Rings Complete Gift Set
Beren and Lúthien
Beren and Lúthien
The Hobbit
The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun
Leaf by Niggle
The Hobbit Movie Trilogy Colouring Book
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
The Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy Colouring Book
The Story of Kullervo
Tolkien Calendar 2017
A Secret Vice
The Story of Kullervo
The Tolkien Treasury
The Children of Húrin
The Return of the King
The Two Towers
The Hobbit
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Children of Húrin
The Hobbit
The Hobbit
Beowulf
Beowulf
The Art of the Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings 4-book clothbound special editions
The Fall of Arthur
Smith of Wootton Major
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
A Brief History of the Hobbit
Tolkien Calendar 2015
Farmer Giles of Ham
Unfinished Tales (Deluxe Slipcase Edition)
The Hobbit
The Children of Húrin
The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
The Pocket Roverandom
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings Complete Gift Set
The Hobbit
The Fall of Arthur (Deluxe Slipcase Edition)
The Fall of Arthur
The Fall of Arthur
The Lord of the Rings (7 book) Slipcase
The Hobbit (Part 1 and 2) Slipcase
The Return of the King
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
The Two Towers
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit
The Fellowship of the Ring
Letters from Father Christmas
The Hobbit
Hobbitus Ille
The Complete History of Middle-earth
The Hobbit
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set
The Pocket Hobbit
The Hobbit Facsimile First Edition
The History of the Hobbit
Mr Bliss
The Art of the Hobbit
Tales from the Perilous Realm
Index
The War of the Jewels
The Peoples of Middle-earth
Sauron Defeated
Morgoth’s Ring
The Treason of Isengard
The War of the Ring
The Return of the Shadow
The Shaping of Middle-earth
The Lost Road
The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two
The Lays of Beleriand
The Book of Lost Tales, Part One
The Hobbit
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
The Children of Húrin
Tales from the Perilous Realm
Tree and Leaf
Letters from Father Christmas
Tales from the Perilous Realm
The Children of Húrin
The Hobbit
The Silmarillion
Mr Bliss
The Children of Húrin
The Children of Húrin
The Lord of the Rings
The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings
The Two Towers
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Children of Húrin
The Silmarillion
Unfinished Tales
The Hobbit
The Monsters and the Critics
Finn and Hengest
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings
Letters from Father Christmas
The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit
The Silmarillion Gift Set
The Silmarillion
The Hobbit
The History of Middle-earth
The History of Middle-earth
The History of Middle-earth
The Return of the King
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Tolkien Audio Collection
Poems from The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
The Road Goes Ever On
The Peoples of Middle-earth
Index
Morgoth’s Ring
The War of the Jewels
The Shaping of Middle-earth
The Lost Road
The Book of Lost Tales 2
The Lays of Beleriand
The War of the Ring
Sauron Defeated
The Book of Lost Tales 1
The Return of the Shadow
The Treason of Isengard
The Annotated Hobbit
Unfinished Tales
The Hobbit
The Hobbit Classic Hardback