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 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
'How, given little over half a century of work, did one man
become the creative equivalent of a people?'
'Demanding to be compared with English mythologies... at times
rises to the greatness of true myth'
'A creation of singular beauty... magnificent in its best
'A grim, tragic, brooding and beautiful book, shot through with
heroism and hope... its power is almost that of mysticism'
Toronto Globe & Mail