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J.R.R. Tolkien

The initials J.R.R stand for John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. John was a poet, a writer, and a scholar and an English professor, University of Oxford. During his life, he has written some stories and has made great contributions to English literature. He is respected for his command in English and his major contributions to the development of the language. He is a darling to many of his fans and readers that followed his stories.

Tolkien Childhood and Youth

He and his younger were born in South Africa where his father was working as a bank clerk on 3rd January 1892. They did not stay in Africa for long since his father died four years later, and they had to move to England. His father always thought himself as English and did not want any better for his son. Tolkien does not have many memories of Africa, but he clearly remembers of an encounter he had with a hairy spider. This came to influence significantly some of his writing in the future. When his mother died in 1904, they were taken by a Father of the Catholic Church who took care of their needs until they were reunited worth their aunt Beatrice and later Faulkner. By now there were clear signs of a linguist talent in Tolkien. He had learned some languages unlike other children of his age. In his free time, he used to make his language just for fun. He also made some friends that they shared and criticized with about each other. When he was 16, he was attracted to Edith, who was three years older than him. His aunt, however, stopped them from seeing each other until he was 21. When he was 21, he went on to pick up the pieces with his friend. This went on to influence his education negatively as he graduated with a second upper division. This prompted him to change schools and course. They were very close and their relationship was a bit affected by the war in 1914.

War and Academia

Unlike many youths of his age, Tolkien did not rush to volunteer for war when it broke out. He changed the course and went back to school and studied hard and graduated in 1915 with a first class. He then got enlisted as a second lieutenant. Before he was sent to France, they got married to Edith on the 22nd March 1916. He was now on active duty. He, however, did not make it serve for a long ad he got ill. In the years 1917 and 1918, ha was struggling with illness and had to do home service at the camps so as to get a promotion.