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J. R. R. Tolkien
Tolkien as a second lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers (in 1916, aged 24)
BornJohn Ronald Reuel Tolkien
3 January 1892(1892-01-03)
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (modern-day South Africa)
Died2 September 1973(1973-09-02) (aged 81)
Bournemouth, England
OccupationAuthor, academic, philologist, poet
Alma materExeter College, Oxford
GenresFantasy, high fantasy, translation, literary criticism
Notable work(s)
Spouse(s)Edith Bratt (m. 1916–1971) «start: (1916-03-22)–end+1: (1971-11-30)»"Marriage: Edith Bratt to J. R. R. Tolkien" Location: (linkback:
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army (1938-present).png British Army
Years of service1915–1920
UnitLancashire Fusiliers
Battles/warsFirst World War

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was a British philologist, university professor, and writer. Tolkien is best known for his most famous works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ringsview more...