J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
'Professor Tolkien revealed in the verses scattered through The
Hobbit that he had a talent for songs, riddling rhymes, and a kind
of balladry. In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil the talent can be
seen to be close to genius.'