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J.R.R.  Tolkien
[John Ronald Reuel Tolkien 1892-1973]

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J.R.R. Tolkien [1892–1973], beloved throughout the world as the creator of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of The Rings",
was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College
until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition,
but even as he studied those classics he was creating a set of his own.

               John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born 3 January 1892 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa, where his father worked for a British bank. Mother Mabel Suffield Tolkien and her two sons left for England on an extended visit in 1895; when father Arthur died of fever in Africa, the family was stranded and without income. They settled among family in Birmingham, and the two boys were home schooled by their mother - Ronald could read by the age of four.
               Mabel converted to Catholicism in 1900; her Baptist family was outraged and stopped all financial assistance. She died at age 34 in 1904 of acute diabetes (biosynthetic insulin was not yet invented) and her two sons became wards of a priest at Birmingham Oratory (church). The boys attended King Edward's School and later St. Philip's School. In 1911, Ronald went on a summer holiday to Switzerland, hiking and camping in the Alps, an adventure later immortalized among his writings. Ronald entered Exeter College, Oxford in 1911 and graduated in 1915 with 'first class honours'.
               Ronald met Edith Mary Bratt, a fellow orphan three years his senior, in 1908; they frequented local teashops and soon decided that they were in love. Ronald's guardian was horrified at his interest in a Protestant, and forbade further contact. On his 21st birthday, Ronald wrote Edith a letter asking her to marry him; having concluded that he had lost interest in her, she was engaged to another man; they met under a railway viaduct and renewed their relationship; Edith returned her engagement ring and announced betrothal to Ronald, along with her (reluctant) agreement to convert to Catholicism. They were formally engaged in 1913 and married at Warwick in March 1916.
               Ronald elected to complete his degree before signing up for the Army; he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, trained for 11 months, allowed to marry, then sent to France in June 1916. Lt. Tolkien saw combat at the Somme, but suffered trench foot and eventually trench fever, at which point he was sent home to England. Most of his friends had by then been killed in France. Medically unfit for general service, Ronald bounced between hospital reovery and garrison duties. While in Staffordshire, he began writing ("The Book of Lost Tales"); still ill, he was promoted to Lieutenant; Edith bore him a son, John Francis Reuel Tolkien.

               Ronald's first civilian job was at the Oxford English Dictionary, where he worked on words beginning with W. He was hired in 1920 at the University of Leeds as a Reader in English Language (professor); during this time he wrote "A Middle English Vocabulary" and co-wrote a definitive edition of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" (with E. V. Gordon). He returned to Oxford as Rawlinson & Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College in 1925; during this time he wrote "The Hobbit" and the first two volumes of "The Lord of The Rings". His lectures on "Beowulf" altered the direction of formal scholarship; his 2,000-page manuscript translation and commentary on "Beowulf" was discovered at the Bodleian Library in 2003. "The Hobbit" was published to wide acclaim in September 1937. He moved to Merton College, Oxford in 1945 where he remained until retirement in 1959. He completed "The Lord of The Rings" in 1948; after struggles with publishers, the three volumes were published in July 1954, November 1954, and October 1955; publication in the United States was in 1963. The combined novel is the number three bestseller worldwide, after "A Tale of Two Cities" [1859] by Charles Dickens and "The Little Prince" [1943] by Antoine de Saint- Exupéry [1900-44]; number four is "The Hobbit".

               He was increasingly unhappy about the sudden popularity of his books with the 1960s counter-culture movement ('hippies'), but completely pleased with the general attention; but fan attention grew to unwanted levels; they delisted their telephone number and then moved to Bournemouth, where Edith delighted in the social life. Edith Tolkien died at the age of 82 on 29 November 1971; Ronald moved back to Merton College, Oxford and spent time with his grandchildren. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in January 1972; he received the insignia of the Order at Buckingham Palace in March 1972; and Oxford University conferred upon him an honorary Doctorate of Letters in that same year.
               J.R.R. Tolkien died on 2 September 1973 at the age of 81 and was buried in the same grave as his beloved wife of over 50 years.

J.R.R.T. biography at the Tolkien Society website
J.R.R. Tolkien entry at Wikipedia
J.R.R. Tolkien Category Index at Wikipedia
browse Tolkien Store at Amazonbrowse Tolkien Catalog at Amazon
J.R.R. Tolkien's movie credits [since 1966] at Internet Movie Database

J.R.R. Tolkien insignia / colophon / brand / symbol

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."

"I wish life was not so short, he thought, languages take such a time, and so do all the things [that] one wants to know about."

"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

caligraphy signature of J.R.R. Tolkien

        "The  Lord  of  The  Rings"  Trilogy
"The Fellowship of The Ring" was published in July 1954
"The Two Towers" was published in November 1954
"Return of The King" was published in October 1955

The combined "Lord of The Rings" novel trilogy is the number three bestseller worldwide, after "A Tale of Two Cities" [1859] by
Charles Dickens [1812-70] and "The Little Prince" [1943] by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [1900-44]; number four is Tolkien's "The Hobbit".
publisher's booksiteofficial movies website

W.H. Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures looking for lost jewellery was a 'masterpiece'.

"There's no such thing as a natural death: Nothing that happens to a man is ever natural since his presence calls the whole world into question.
All men must die; but for every man his death is an accident, and even if he knows it and consents to it, an unjustifiable violation."
—  Simone de Beauvoir [1908-86], in "A Very Easy Death" (1964)
read on camera by J.R.R. Tolkien for B.B.C. in 1968 and described as "the keyspring to The Lord of The Rings".

'Lord of The Rings' & 'The Hobbit' Novels & Movies Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

browse DVD & Blu-ray at the 'Lord of The Rings' Dept. at Amazon

UNABRIDGED audio CDs from Recorded Books read by Rob Inglis:
TFotR audio CD [12/2001] for $33.99
TTT audio CD [12/2001] for $34.64
RotK audio CD [7/2001] for $33.99

   listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in a Lifetime' (9/2015)   "The  Hobbit:  or,  There  and  Back  Again"  [1937, 1951 & 1966]
Tolkien's "The Hobbit" is the number four bestseller worldwide, after "A Tale of Two Cities" [1859] by Charles Dickens [1812-70],
"The Little Prince" [1943] by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [1900-44], and "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy also by J.R.R. Tolkien.

'The Hobbit' Section on the 'Lord of The Rings' Novels & Movies Page
at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

Other  Works  by  J.R.R. Tolkien
browse J.R.R. Tolkien Store at Amazon
browse J.R.R. Tolkien books & audio catalog at Amazon

"Roverandom" children's story [1925]

JRRT's lecture/essay "On Fairy Stories" [1939 & 1947]

JRRTolkien boxed set   Boxed Set: "The Hobbit" & "The Lord of The Rings"
Ballantine mass pb set [11/91] for $19.77
Mariner 8½x5½ pb set [9/99] for $29.70
"Lord of The Rings" & "The Hobbit" Audio Boxed Sets
Penguin ABR audio CDs [10/2002] 13 disks - out of prodn/used
Highbridge full-cast radio dramas on CD [11/2012] ? disks for $50.96
Ballantine mass pb Tolkien Reader book by J.R.R. Tolkien  "The Tolkien Reader: Stories, Poems & Commentaries" [1966]
by J.R.R. Tolkien

contains "Farmer Giles of Ham" short medieval fable [1949], "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" poetry collection [1962], and JRRT's lecture/essay "On Fairy Stories" [1939 & 1947]
Del Rey mass pb [11/86] for $7.99
Ballantine mass pb [1966] out of print/used
Farmer Giles of Ham & Smith of Wootton Major in book form by J.R.R. Tolkien  J.R.R. Tolkien Double [1969]
contains "Farmer Giles of Ham" short medieval fable [1949]
and "Smith of Wootton Major" short story [1967]

Del Rey mass pb [1/86] for $6.99
Ballantine mass pb [3/69] out of print/used
"Giles" entry at Wikipedia"Smith" entry at Wikipedia
Silmarillion   "The Silmarillion" [NY Times bestseller 1977]
by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien

Del Rey mass pb [1/85] for $7.99
Houghton Mifflin illustrated hardcover [10/98] for $24.50
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [4/2001] for $19.60
Bantam UNABR audio boxed set [12/98] out of prodn/used
Bantam UNABR audio CD [12/98] 6 disks for $40.95
'Mr. Bliss' children's book by J.R.R. Tolkien  "Mr. Bliss" children's book [1982] Written & Illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien
Written in the 1930s based on J.R.R.T.'s own mishaps and intended for his children. Rejected by publi-shers due to high cost of reproducing the artwork; lay in a drawer until 1957, when it was sold with other manuscripts for £1250 to Marquette University. Eventually published in 1982, with the difficult-to-read original drawings and text on one page and a typeset transcription on the facing page (the 2011 edition provides easier-to-read computer-enhanced versions of the original artwork). The story: A whimsical decision by Mr. Bliss to buy a motor car quickly becomes a catalogue of disasters.
Allen & Unwin hardcover [9/2011] out of print/50+ used
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 6x8½ landscape hardcover [1/83] out of print/40+ used
book entry at Wikipedia
J.R.R. Tolkien's Unfinished Tales  
"Unfinished Tales: The Lost Lore of Numenor & Middle-Earth" [1986]
by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien

Del Rey mass pb [8/88] for $7.50
Houghton Mifflin 9x5¾ pb [9/2001] for $11.21
Houghton Mifflin 9x6½ hardcover [9/2001] for $17.16
Tales From The Perilous Realm book by J.R.R. Tolkien  "Tales From The Perilous Realm" [1997] by J.R.R. Tolkien
Illustrations by Alan Lee; contains "Leaf By Niggle" short story [1945], "Farmer Giles of Ham" short medieval fable [1949], "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" poetry collection [1962], and "Smith of Wootton Major" short story [1967]; the 2008 & Kindle editions add "Roverandom" children's story [1925]
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2/2012] for $9.99
HarperCollins mass pb [9/2002] out of print/used
HarperCollins 7½x5 pb [8/98] out of print/used
Houghton Mifflin 8½x6 hardcover [11/2008] for $18.92
official book page

Children of Húrin  "The Children of Húrin" [2007]
by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien

Begun in 1918, painstakingly cobbled together from many draft manuscripts by Tolkien's son Christopher
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [4/2007] for $17.16
Houghton Mifflin deluxe slipcover edition [4/2007] for $47.25
Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun book by J.R.R. Tolkien  "The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun" [2009]
by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien

Mariner Books pb [9/2010] for $11.53
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 8¼x5½ hardcover [5/2009] for $8.21
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Deluxe Edition 9½x6¼ hardcover [6/2009] for $46.98

"The Histories of Middle Earth, Volumes 1-5" Box Set [8/2003] by J.R.R. Tolkien
five mass pbs in slipcover: "The Book of Lost Tales", Volumes 1 & 2; "The Lays of Beleriand"; "The Shaping of Middle-Earth";
and "The Lost Road and Other Writings"

"The History of The Lord of The Rings, Volumes 6-9" Box Set [9/2000] by J.R.R. Tolkien, Edited by Christopher Tolkien
four mass pbs in slipcover: "The Return of The Shadow"; "The Treason of Isengard"; "The War of The Ring"; and "Sauron Defeated"

The Fall of Arthur book by J.R.R. Tolkien  "The Fall of Arthur" [2013] by J.R.R. Tolkien, Edited by Christopher Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien halted work on this narrative poem in 1934 or 1937, and stated his intention to complete it in 1955, but never did. Son Christopher has gathered the best version of the main text, and chapters, fragments, and notes from Tolkien's papers. Tolkien's choices from among Arthurian lore include King Arthur’s expedition overseas into distant heathen lands, Guinevere’s flight from Camelot, the great sea-battle on Arthur’s return to Britain, a portrait of the traitor Mordred, the tormented doubts of Lancelot in his French castle, and the {unwritten} bitter ending of the love of Lancelot and Guinevere.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hardcover [5/2013] for $14.67
HarperCollins hardcover slipcase edition [5/2013] for $69.53

"BEOWULF: A Translation and Commentary" together with "Sellic Spell"
by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien

'The Story of Kullervo' book by J.R.R. Tolkien  "The Story of Kullervo" [2016] by J.R.R. Tolkien, Edited by Verlyn Flieger
One of the earliest prose works (circa 1914-15) on Tolkien's literary journey toward Middle Earth; the author's estate planned to release this new fantasy story in October 2015, but it was delayed until April 2016. Published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes, and lecture essays on its source work, the Finnish "Kalevala". The story has orphan Kullervo sold into slavery and vowing vengeance on the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father and kidnapped his mother.
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [4/2016] for $11.99
Mariner Books pb [8/2017] for $10.19  8/2017
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 8¼x5½ hardcover [4/2016] for $14.88

Beren and Lúthien book by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien  "Beren and Lúthien" by J.R.R. Tolkien [2017]  6/2017
Edited by Christopher Tolkien, With Illustrations by Alan Lee

'Painstakingly restored' from Tolkien's manuscripts by son Christopher; told in its original form, then followed by passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Written in 1917 after Tolkien's return from the war in France. The tale is of Beren, who was a mortal man and Luthien, who was an immortal Elf; they were in love and her father, a great Elvish lord, in deep opposition to Beren, imposed on him an impossible task that he must perform before he might wed Luthien - the supremely heroic feat of stealing one of three Silmaril jewels from the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, called Morgoth, the Black Enemy.
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [6/2017] for $16.99
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 8¼x5½ hardcover [6/2017] for $18.00
HarperCollins Limited Edition 9x6 slipcover hardcover [6/2017] out of print/scarce

Books  About  J.R.R. Tolkien  and  Middle-Earth

"Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien" [Allen & Unwin 1981] Edited by Humphrey Carpenter, with Christopher Tolkien

"The Tolkien Family Album" [HarperCollins 1992] by John Tolkien & Priscilla Tolkien

"Tolkien and The Great War" [HarperCollins 2002] by John Garth

"Tolkien" [11/2012] by Raymond Edwards
https://www.amazon.com/J-R-R-Tolkien-Life-Work-Faith/dp/1860828272/ pb

"Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey" [6/2014]
by John Wm. Houghton (Author, Editor), Janet Brennan Croft (Editor), Nancy Martsch (Editor), John D. Rateliff (Editor), Robin Anne Reid (Editor)

"The Hobbit in Tolkien's Mythology: Essays on Revisions and Influences" [10/2014] by Bradford Lee Eden

"Middle-Earth in Magic Mirror Maps ... of the Wilderland in Wales ... of the Shire in England" [10/2014] by Stephen Ponty

Tolkien's Intellectual Landscape book by E.L. Risden  "Tolkien's Intellectual Landscape" [2014]
by E.L. Risden

Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [3/2015] for $17.99
McFarland & Co. 9x6½ pb [3/2015] for $29.95
McFarland & Co. 9¾x7 pb [10/2014] for $29.95

"Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. Tolkien" [1/2015]
by Janet Brennan Croft (Author, Editor), Leslie A. Donovan (Editor, Contributor),

"Baptism of Fire: The Birth of the Modern British Fantastic in World War I" [7/2015] by Janet Brennan Croft
https://www.amazon.com/Baptism-Fire-Modern-British-Fantastic/dp/1887726039/ + CSLewis


Tolkien  Biographies  &  Criticism

Tolkien bio by Humphrey Carpenter   "J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography" [Allen & Unwin 1977]
authorized biography by Humphrey Carpenter

Houghton Mifflin 8¼x5½ pb [6/2000] for $10.85
Ballantine pb [8/78] out of print/50+ used
HarperCollins 9¼x6 hardcover [12/77] out of print/used
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [6/77] out of print/150+ used
Tolkien / Artist & Illustrator  "J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator" [1995]
by Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull

Houghton Mifflin 11½x8½ pb [10/2000] for $16.50
Houghton Mifflin 11½x9¼ hardcover [10/95] out of print/used
J.R.R. Tolkien / Author of The Century  "J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of The Century" [2000]
by Tom Shippey

Houghton Mifflin 8½x5½ pb [8/2002] for $10.40
HarperCollins 7½x5 pb [8/2001] for $12.24
Houghton Mifflin 8½x5¾ hardcover [3/2001] for $26.00
Tolkien / Cultural Phenomenon  "Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon" [2003]
by Brian Rosebury

Palgrave Macmillan 8½x5½ 2nd edition pb [1/2004] for $19.95
Palgrave Macmillan 8¼x5½ 2nd edition hardcover [9/2005] for $72.25
Philosophy of Tolkien book by Peter Kreeft  "The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of The Rings" [2005]
by Peter Kreeft

Ignatius Press pb [2005] out of print/used
Ignatius Press pb [2005] out of print/used
Ignatius Press pb [2005] out of print/used
Ring of Words book by Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall & Edmund Weiner  "The Ring of Words: Tolkien and The Oxford English Dictionary" [2006]
by Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall & Edmund Weiner

Tolkien's first civilian job after World War I was in the offices of the Oxford English Dictionary; three later editors at the O.E.D here provide details of the two years that Tolkien described as a time when he "learned more . . . than in any other equal part of his life".
Kindle Edition from Oxford Univ Press [2006 edition] for $10.49
Oxford Univ Press 7½x5 pb [8/2009] out of print/many used
Oxford Univ Press 8½x5½ hardcover [7/2006] out of print/40+ used
Tolkien Companion & Guide  "The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology & Reader's Guide" [2006]
two-volume slipcover set by Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond

Houghton Mifflin hardcover 10½x6½x4" box set [11/2006] for $80.00
Houghton Mifflin hardcover 9½x6¼ box set [11/2006] out of print/used
Vol. 1 - Chronology: Houghton Mifflin 9x6 hardcover [11/2006] out of print/used
Vol. 2 - Reader's Guide: Houghton Mifflin 9x6 hardcover [11/2006] out of print/used
Chesterton & Tolkien As Theologians book by Alison Milbank  "Chesterton and Tolkien As Theologians" [2007] by Alison Milbank
Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was published just after Chesterton's death; this scholarly work suggests the influences of Chesterton and Catholicism on Tolkien, then and later.
Bloomsbury T&T Clark 8½x5½ pb [3/2009] for $38.18
Bloomsbury T&T Clark 8¾x7 hardcover [12/2007] out of print/used

see also the G.K. Chesterton [1874-1936] Page at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore

Complete Tolkien Companion book by J.E.A. Tyler  "The Complete Tolkien Companion" [orig 1976, rev 2012]
by J.E.A. Tyler, Illustrated by Kevin Reilly

St. Martin's Griffin 3rd Edition 8¼x5½ pb [10/2012] for $13.59
'Tolkien at Exeter College' pamphlet by John Garth  "Tolkien At Exeter College: How An Oxford Undergraduate Created Middle-Earth" pamphlet [2015] by John Garth
not found on Amazon - ISBN 978-124268835-5
60-page pamphlet available at author's website [3/2015] non-EU delivery for £11.55

Atlas of Middle-Earth book by Karen Wynn Fonstad  "The Atlas of Middle-Earth" [1991] by Karen Wynn Fonstad
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [6/2014] for $11.99
Houghton Mifflin 10¾x8 pb [1/92] out of print/many used
Houghton Mifflin pb [4/2002] out of print/many used
Houghton Mifflin pb [4/2002] out of print/used
Mariner Books pb [2001] out of print/many used
HarperCollins Publrs 11x8¾ pb [10/92] out of print/used
Houghton Mifflin 11x8 pb [11/91] for $18.38
Houghton Mifflin 11x8¼ hardcover [11/91] out of print/used
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [5/81] out of print/used
Lord of the Rings Battle for Middle-Earth video game  
"The Lord of The Rings: The Battle For Middle-Earth" video game [2004]
from Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts DVD-ROM [12/2004] for $95.74 + s/h
Electronic Arts DVD-ROM [12/2004] out of prodn/many used
Official Game Guide: Prima Games 10½x8½ pb [8/00] out of prodn/40+ used
restricted to elements used in the movie trilogy
Lord of the Rings Battle for Middle-Earth 2 video game  "The Lord of The Rings: The Battle For Middle-Earth 2" video game [2006]
from Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts DVD-ROM [2/2006] for $129.79 + s/h
features Tolkien elements not found in the movie trilogy
Middle-Earth Quest board game from Fantasy Flight Games  "Middle-Earth Quest" board game [2009] by Fantasy Flight Games
for 2-4 players ages 13 & up; contains large 2-piece board, 445 cards,
235 tokens, 10 plastic figures, 5 hero sheets, instruction booklet
Edge Ent. game in 16x11x3¾-inch box [2009] for $143.99 {sic}
Visions of Middle-Earth book by Donato Giancola  
"Middle-Earth: Visions of A Modern Myth" [2010]
by Donato Giancola

Underwood Books 12¼x9¼ hardcover [10/2010] for $21.93
Underwood Books hardcover [10/2010] out of print/used
Tolkien's World Guide book by Gareth Hanrahan  "Tolkien's World: A Guide To The Peoples and Places of Middle-Earth" [2012]
by Gareth Hanrahan, Illustrated by Peter Mckinstry

Carlton Kids 10¼x9 pb [4/2014] out of print/used
Insight Editions 11¾x10½ hardcover [10/2012] for $19.98
Carlton Books Ltd 12x10½ hardcover [10/2012] out of print/used
The Making of Middle-earth book by Christopher Snyder  "The Making of Middle-Earth: A New Look Inside The World of J.R.R. Tolkien" [2013] by Christopher Snyder
Sterling 9x7¼ hardcover [10/2013] for $24.12
Lord of the Rings Battle for Middle-Earth board game  "The Lord of The Rings: The Battle For Middle-Earth" card game for kids [2014]
by Andreas Zimmermann
— for 2-4 players ages 3-15;
PlayRoom Ent. board game in 10x10x2-inch box [2014] for $11.45

"The Making of A Map of Middle Earth" video of paintwork by Kfir Mendel
watch video [4/2014 upload; 3:19] online at YouTube

"Tales  Before  Tolkien"
Tales Before Tolkien / Roots of Modern Fantasy book edited by Douglas A. Anderson   ”Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy - Classic Stories That Inspired The Author of The Lord of The Rings"
[2003] Edited and with Commentary by Douglas A. Anderson

22 magical stories: “The Enchanted Buffalo” by L. Frank Baum; “The Far Islands” by John Buchan; “The Thin Queen of Elfhame” by James Branch Cabell; “Chu-bu and Sheemish” by Lord Dunsany; “The Demon Pope” by Richard Garnett; “Black Heart and White Heart” by H. Rider Haggard; “The Baumhoff Explosive” by William Hope Hodgson; “The Drawn Arrow” by Clemence Housman; “The Story of Sigurd” by Andrew Lang; “Puss-Cat Mew” by E.H. Knatchbull-Hugessen; “The Coming of The Terror” by Arthur Machen; “The Golden Key” by George Macdonald; “The Woman of The Wood” by A. Merritt; “The Regent of The North” by Kenneth Morris; “The Folk of The Mountain Door” by William Morris; “The Dragon Tamers” by Edith Nesbit; “The Golden Key” by George Macdonald; “The Woman of The Wood” by A. Merritt; “The Elf Trap” by Francis Stevens; “The Griffin and The Minor Canon” by Frank R. Stockton; “The Elves” by Ludwig Tieck; and “Golithos The Ogre” by E.A. Wyke-Smith
Kindle Edition from Del Rey/Random House [2003 edition] for $11.99
Del Rey mass pb [11/2005] out of print/many used
Del Rey 9¼x6¼ pb [8/2003] for $16.00
Del Rey 9½x6½ hardcover [8/2003] out of print/many used

American entrepreneur and author Steve Hillard wrote a novel that uses the character of J.R.R. Tolkein to launch a revisionist look at the 'Lord of The Rings' saga, wherein Tolkein travels to America and meets a female hobbit who is then the true protagonist of the events that were heavily edited by misogynistic chroniclers. The story alone is enough to madden purist fans, but the use of Tolkein himself as well as Middle Earth geography and characters and plot from Tolkein's works had the Tolkein Estate in a legal tizzy; a settlement was reached before publication.

Mirkwood novel about J.R.R. Tolkien by Steve Hillard  "Mirkwood: A Novel About J.R.R. Tolkien, Heroines, and Exodus From Middle Earth - or, Pardon Me, Did You Just Come Through That Portal?" [2011] by Steve Hillard
In 1970, Professor Tolkien visits America and stirs up dark and ancient powers embodied in a cache of mysterious documents – destinies are altered, legends become real, and two heroines race for their lives in vastly different worlds.
Kindle Edition from Cruel Rune Publns [1/2011] for $2.99
BookSurge Publng 8x5¼ pb [1/2011] for $14.33

Announced 8/2011: Producers Joel Eisenberg & Timothy Owens of E.M.O. Films {dead website} signed a deal with author Steve Hillard
for a film version of his “Mirkwood” novel, which 'centers around a fictional take on author J.R.R. Tolkien' • latest info at IMDb

J.R.R. Tolkien,  C.S. Lewis,  and  The Inklings
The Inklings were a loose literary discussion society based at Magdalen College in Oxford, U.K. The group restarted in 1933 under leadership of C.S. Lewis; his tenure ended in late 1949; regular meetings 'during term' were on Thursday evenings at Lewis's or Tolkien's rooms and often on Tuesday midday at the Eagle and Child public house; after 1949, meetings were Thursday evenings at the Lamb and Flag public house across the street; regular meetings ended in 1963. Prominent and regular members included solicitor Owen Barfield, J.A.W. Bennett, Lord David Cecil, Nevill Coghill, Hugo Dyson, Adam Fox, Roger Lancelyn Green, Dr. Robert Havard, C.S. Lewis, his brother Warren Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, his son Christopher Tolkien, and publisher Charles Williams.

'The Inklings' entry at WikipediaInklings Dept. at the Mythopoeic Society [est. 1971]

The main entry for The Inklings at Spirit of America Bookstore grew large and so was cut to its own page in Spring 2017; books & films
specifically naming Lewis and Tolkien are duplicated here, with similar duplication on Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore's C.S. Lewis Pages.

The Inklings and Their Friends book by Humphrey Carpenter  "The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Their Friends"
[1978] by Humphrey Carpenter
— "A Group of Writers Whose Literary Fantasies Still Fire The Imagination of All Those Who Seek A Truth Beyond Reality"
HarperCollins 7¾x5¼ pb [1/2006] out of print/used
Ballantine Books mass pb [11/81] out of print/used
Ballantine Books mass pb [10/78] out of print/used
Houghton Mifflin 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/79] out of print/used
HarperCollins 9x6 hardcover [10/78] out of print/used
The Inklings Handbook book by Colin Duriez & David Porter  
"The Inklings Handbook: The Lives, Thought, and Writings of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and Their Friends" [2001]
by Colin Duriez & David Porter

Azure pb [9/2001] out of print/used
Chalice Press 9½x6½ hardcover [9/2001] out of print/used
Tolkien C.S. Lewis Friendship book by Colin Duriez  "Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship" [2003]
by Colin Duriez

Kindle Edition from Paulist Press [2003 edition] for $10.99
Paulist Press 9x6 pb [10/2003] for $12.94
Mere Humanity - Chesterton, Lewis & Tolkien book by Donald T. Williams  "Mere Humanity: G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien On The Human Condition" [2006] by Donald T. Williams
Kindle Edition from B&H Publng Group [2006 edition] for $7.99
B&H Books 8¼x5¼ pb [2/2006] for $12.14
C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien Writers in Community book by Diana Glyer  "The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien As Writers In Community" [2007] by Diana Pavlac Glyer
Kent State Univ Press 9¼x6 pb [10/2008] for $24.00
Kent State Univ Press 9½x6¾ hardcover [3/2007] out of print/used
Inklings of Oxford book by Harry Lee Poe & James Ray Veneman  "The Inklings of Oxford: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Their Friends" [2009]
by Harry Lee Poe, Photographs by James Ray Veneman

Kindle Edition from Zondervan/HarperCollins [8/2009] for $6.99
Zondervan 11&frac`14x8½ pb [6/2009] out of print/many used
LOTR Catholic Worldview TV show  "Tolkien's The Lord of The Rings: A Catholic Worldview" [indep TV April 2011]
hour-long docufilm produced by E.W.T.N. in Alabama • Directed by Steve Beaumont; hosted by Joseph Pearce; starring Allen Marsh {as C.S. Lewis} & Kevin O'Brien {as J.R.R. Tolkien}
E.W.T.N. color DVD [undated] for $21.95 + s/h via Amazon third party
bare credits at IMDb
C.S. Lewis / Inklings / Hidden Truth book edited by Salwa Khoddam & Mark R. Hall  "C.S. Lewis and the Inklings: Discovering Hidden Truth" [2012]
Edited by Salwa Khoddam & Mark R. Hall, with Jason Fisher

The Inklings of Oxford included fellow members J.R.R. Tolkien and Owen Barfield and earlier members G.K. Chesterton [1874-1936] and George MacDonald
Cambridge Scholars Publng 8¼x6 hardcover [10/2012] out of print/used
The Road to Virtue with Tolkien & Lewis book by Louis Markos  "On The Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road To Virtue With Tolkien and Lewis"
[2012] by Louis Markos, Foreword by Peter Kreeft

Kindle Edition from Moody Publrs [9/2012] for $9.59
Moody Publrs 8½x5½ pb [9/2012] for $12.21
Tolkien's Road student film  "Tolkien's Road" [indep April 2014]
half-hour color student film, made in Los Angeles • co-produced, written & directed by Nye Green; starring Casey E. Lewis {as J.R.R. Tolkien} and Alexander Rupert Green {as C.S. Lewis}
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb
The Oxford Inklings book by Colin Duriez  "The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien, and Their Circle" [2015] by Colin Duriez
second subtitle: 'Their Lives, Writings, Ideas, and Influence'
Kindle Edition from Lion Books [2/2015] for $9.99
Lion Hudson 7½x5 pb [3/2015] for $14.29
Bedeviled - Lewis, Tolkien & Evil book by Colin Duriez  "Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien, and The Shadow of Evil" [2015] by Colin Duriez
Kindle Edition from I.V.P. Books [4/2015] for $9.99
I.V.P. Books 8¼x5½ pb [4/2015] for $11.96
Literary Lives of The Inklings book by Philip & Carol Zaleski  "The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of The Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams" [2015] by Philip & Carol Zaleski
Kindle Edition from FS&G/Macmillan [6/2015] for $9.99
Farrar, Straus & Giroux 8¼x5½ pb [6/2016] for $10.36
Farrar, Straus & Giroux 9¼x6¼ hardcover [6/2015] for $16.04
How Tolkien and Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship & Heroism book by Joseph Loconte  "A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism In The Cataclysm of 1914-1918"
[2015] by Joseph Loconte

Kindle Edition from Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins [2015] for $9.99
Thomas Nelson pb [2/2017] for $16.99
Thomas Nelson 8¾x5¾ hardcover [6/2015] for $16.99
Bandersnatch / Creative Collaboration of The Inklings book by Diana Pavlac Glyer & James A. Owen   "Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and The Creative Collaboration of The Inklings" [2015] by Diana Pavlac Glyer, Illustrated by James A. Owen
Kindle Edition from Black Squirrel Books [12/2015] for $10.99
Kent State Univ Press 9x6 pb [1/2016] for $16.55

lots more on Spirit of America Bookstore's 'The Inklings' Literary Society [1933-63] of Britain Page

Radio/Audio,  Movies & TV,  Other  Media

browse Tolkien / audio catalog at Amazon
browse Tolkien / audio CDs catalog at Amazon
browse audio / all Tolkien catalog at Amazon

1958 speech by J.R.R. Tolkien at Rotterdam 'Hobbits Dinner' event
20-minute audio recording being restored by Middle Earth Network (6/2014)

hour-long radio show of J.R.R. Tolkien reading from "LOTR" and from "The Hobbit"
"Voice On Record" podcast hosted by Sean Williams
listen to full show [upload 5/2014; 1:00:02] online at YouTube

J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Portrait radio compilation on CD & cassette  "J.R.R. Tolkien: An Audio Portrait" radio compilation [2001]
Presented by Brian Sibley

B.B.C. Audiobooks, Ltd audio CD [11/2001] out of prodn/used {overpriced}
B.B.C. Audiobooks, Ltd audio cassette [11/2001] for $18.95
"A compilation of radio and TV archive material from the 1960s and 1970s featuring interviews with JRR Tolkien, his relatives, and colleagues in which he talks about "The Lord of the Rings", his other Hobbiton books, life as an academic, correspon-dence received from fans, and his views on the 20th century."

J.R.R. Tolkien's movie credits [since 1966] at Internet Movie Database

John Izzard interviews J.R.R. Tolkien in 1968  "British Authors In Their Own Words: J.R.R. Tolkien" [BBC-2 March 1968]
John Izzard interviews J.R.R. Tolkien while walking around Oxford • not listed at IMDb
B.B.C. page with video window [tough load; 26:32]
watch video on YouTube {uploaded 8/2010}:
Part 1 {13:45]Part 2 [12:48]

"Tolkien Remembered" 40-min TV documentary [1992]
Partly filmed at the Tolkien bungalow in Bournemouth; readings by Marise Hepworth & Stephen Greif, archive readings by J.R.R. Tolkien; featuring biographer Humphrey Carpenter, Prof. Tom Shippey, Christopher Tolkien, Father John Tolkien, Michael Tolkien, Priscilla Tolkien & publisher Rayner Unwin, with archive footage of Arthur Tolkien, Edith Bratt Tolkien, Hilary Tolkien & Mabel Tolkien • video not available at Amazon • credits at IMDb
38-minute DVD available at Films Media Group for $99.95

Film Portrait of J.R.R. Tolkien narrated by Judi Dench  "J.R.R.T.: A Film Portrait of J.R.R. Tolkien" [Landseer U.K. 1996]
2-hour documentary video narrated by Judi Dench, featuring Queen Margrethe II, Christopher Tolkien, Prof. Tom Shippey, Father John Tolkien & Priscilla Tolkien, with archive readings by J.R.R. Tolkien
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • bare credits at IMDb
watch full movie [2/2013 upload; 1:47:54] online at YouTube
'J.R.R. Tolkien' episode of 'An Awfully Big Adventure' 1998 BBC-TV series  "J.R.R. Tolkien" [BBC-TV Feb 1998] episode of "An Awfully Big Adventure" TV series
50-minute documentary produced & directed by Julian Birkett; narration/readings by Juliet Aubrey, Rob Inglis & Christopher Villiers; featuring biographer Humphrey Carpenter, Jenny Fabian, Verlyn Flieger, Wayne Hammond (The Tolkien Society), Bill Harry, artist Alan Lee, Ian Livingstone, Christina Scull (The Tolkien Society), Prof. Tom Shippey, David Nicholson-Lord, Christopher Tolkien & publisher Rayner Unwin, with archive footage of Leonard Nimoy & J.R.R. Tolkien • full credits at IMDb
Kultur Video color DVD [4/2009] for $12.96
Master of The Rings Unauthorized Story on DVD  "Master of The Rings: The Unauthorized Story Behind J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of The Rings" documentary [Vidmark Dec 2001]
60-minute docufilm produced, written & directed by Stephen Grant; featuring Anke Buttner, Humphrey Carpenter, Bob Catley, Ian Collier, Roger Garland, with archive footage of J.R.R. Tolkien
LionsGate color DVD [2/2004] for $9.49
full credits at IMDb
J.R.R. Tolkien Master of The Rings DVD & CD gift set  "J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of The Rings - The Definitive Guide To The World of The Rings" [2002]
80-minute documentary written & directed by Robert DiNapoli, featuring J.R.R. Tolkien and illustrators Greg Hildebrandt & Tim Hildebrandt; 'Gift Set' also includes music CD "Landscapes of Middle Earth" by Rick Wakeman; and a booklet with illustrations by the Brothers Hildebrandtcredits at IMDb
Gift Set: Warner Home Video color DVD & audio CD set [7/2002] 2 disks for $4.99 {sic}
Eagle Rock color DVD [3/2004] for $5.64 {sic}
watch 6/2011 official trailer [1:50] online at YouTube
watch full movie [9/2015 upload; 1:21:12] online at YouTube

"J.R.R. Tolkien: The Origin of The Rings" video [2002] /tt0366626/

"From Book To Vision: J.R.R. Tolkien - Creator of Middle-Earth" video [11/2002] /tt0466851/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iAbgAKZUnA [22:28]

"J.R.R. Tolkien: Origins of Middle-Earth" video [2003] /tt0481553/

"J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-Earth" video [2004] /tt0487916/

'Lord of The Rings' logo with circle in Elvish characters  "J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle Earth" documentary short [2004]
this ½-hour short docufilm is available on several DVD editions of "Lord of The Rings II: Return of The King"; with rare archive footage of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien • Produced, written & directed by Michael Pellerin; featuring Tom Shippey, Brian Sibley, John Garth, Philippa Boyens, Patrick Curry, Colin Duriez, Jude Fisher, John Howe, director Peter Jackson, Tolkien linguists David Salo & Bill Welden, and publisher Rayner Unwin; with clips/- archive footage of Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Billy Boyd, Rob Gilson, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, John Noble, Miranda Otto, Andy Serkis, G.B. Smith, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Christopher Wiseman & Elijah Wood
full credits at IMDb

"J.R.R. Tolkien and the Birth of The Lord of the Rings" 60-min color DVD [11/2004]

"Tolkien" [Fox Searchlight - in development]  
Announced 11/2013: a biopic telling the 'true story' behind "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of The Rings"; David Gleeson will be providing the screenplay, said to focus largely on the author's younger years, including his time at Pembroke College and his military service during the First World War; the film will tie his experiences as a young man to those depicted in his iconic fantasy novels • latest info at IMDb

"Tolkien & Lewis" [Attractive Films - release Spring 2017?]  
early poster for 'Tolkien & Lewis' movie  Announced 8/2016 by Attractive Films [est. 2012] based in Australia; budgeted at $18 million; the story of post-war friends J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis battling their personal demons to become the world's foremost fantasy authors
Directed by Simon West; written By Jacqueline Cook
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • credits at IMDb

Image  Gallery

        Prof. J.R.R. Tolkien on campus wearing mortarboard & academic robe         common color portrait of J.R.R. Tolkien smoking his pipe

Family  &  Friends
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in 1892 in South Africa; he lived around Oxford, England from 1925 on, and died in 1973 at the age of 81.

banker father Arthur Reuel Tolkien [1857-96]
mother Mabel Suffield Tolkien [1870-1904]
younger brother Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien [1894-1976]
great-nephew sculptor Timothy 'Tim' Tolkien [b. 1962]
great-nephew Nicholas 'Nick' Tolkien [b. 1964]
great-nephew Stephen Tolkien [b. 1966]

wife Edith Mary Bratt Tolkien [1889-1971] - married in March 1916, died November 1971
son John Francis Reuel Tolkien [1917-2003]

son Michael H. R. Tolkien [1920-84]
grandson poet Michael George Reuel Tolkien [b. 1943]
great-granddaughter Catherine Tolkien [b. 1969]
great-granddaughter Ruth Tolkien [b. 1982]
granddaughter Joanna Tolkien [b. 1945]
great-granddaughter Mandy Tolkien [b. 1967]
great-grandson Royd Tolkien [b. 1969]
great-grandson Michael Tolkien [b. 1975]
granddaughter Judith Tolkien [b. 1951]
great-granddaughter Freya Crombleholme [b. 1976]
great-grandson Piers Crombleholme [b. 1979]

son Christopher John Reuel Tolkien [b. 1924]
first wife Faith Faulconbridge Tolkien [b. 1928]
grandson Simon Mario Reuel Tolkien [b. 1959]
great-grandson Nicholas 'Nick' Tolkien [b. 1990]
second wife Baillie Klass Tolkien [b. 1941] - married 1967
grandson Adam Reuel Tolkien [b. 1969]
granddaughter Rachel Clare Reuel Tolkien [b. 1971]

daughter Priscilla Anne Reuel Tolkien [b. 1929]

L i n k s
The J.R.R. Tolkien Estate, Ltd. aka The Tolkien Trust [est. 1977]
J.R.R. Tolkien entry at Wikipedia
J.R.R. Tolkien Category Index at Wikipedia
browse Tolkien Store at Amazonbrowse Tolkien Catalog at Amazon
J.R.R. Tolkien's movie credits [since 1966] at Internet Movie Database

Tolkien Society [est. 1969]
J.R.R.T. biography at the Tolkien Society website
Cambridge University Tolkien Society [est. 1983]
La Sociedad Tolkien Española [est. 1991]
HarperCollins U.K. Official Tolkien Online Bookshop [est. 1999]

J.R.R. Tolkien Section at The Marion E. Wade Center [est. 1974] of Wheaton College, Illinois
Tolkien & Lewis Celebration [Sept 2016 = #2] at Aquinas College in Nashville, TN

British Tolkien scholar John Garth lives in Las Vegas, Nevada

British scholar Thomas Alan 'Tom' Shippey, PhD [b. 1943] teaches at St. Louis University
faculty homepageentry at Wikipedia

Michael Martinez's Middle-Earth & J.R.R. Tolkien weblog
Pieter Collier's Tolkien Library fansite in Belgium
'The Grey Havens' Tolkien fansite
fansite in Slovakia Republic
German Tolkien fansite
Corey Olsen, 'The Tolkien Professor'
'Festival In The Shire' event [Aug 2010 = #1] in Wales, U.K. {website gone}
'Festival In The Shire' event [Nov 2013 = #2] in Aberdeen, Scotland
Noble Smith's 'Wisdom of The Shire' fansite
Lord of The Rings Fanatics Network [est. 2001]
Tolkien Gateway fan forum [est. 2006]

here on the J.R.R. Tolkien [1892-1973] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

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