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The first complete book by Tolkien in three decades, this book, edited by Tolkien's son Christopher, reunites fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves. Includes eight paintings and 25 pencil drawings by Lee.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in World War I, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of 81.