J.R.R. Tolkien

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Name: J.R.R. Tolkien
Also Known As: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
Occupation: Author
Medium: novels, poetry, essays
Works: The Lord of the Rings, etc.
Official Website(s): Tolkien Estate Official Site
Fan Website(s): The Tolkien Society
On Fanlore: Related pages
Our Founder, portrait of Tolkien on the cover of an issue of Minas Tirith Evening Star

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973) was the author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, as well as various other works set in Middle-earth and the broader Arda.

Many Tolkien fans are deeply interested in his life, and especially his experiences in the First World War, his friendship with C.S. Lewis and membership of The Inklings, and the extent to which his writings might be autobiographical. Fans are also often interested in his works outside the Ardaverse, such as his appreciation for languages ​​and the essays produced on the subject.[1]

In Fanfiction

Tolkien appears in occasional fanfiction, which is usually gen. One trope is that he was told the history of Middle-earth by an Elf (often Maglor), often during WW1. Some fans use Tolkien's own conceit that his fantasy works are actually translations.



The Tolkien fandom is huge and has many acafans. Category:Tolkien Fan Clubs has a few entries on fan clubs around the world.

Meta/Further Reading

External Resources


  1. ^ "Tolkien's Not-So-Secret Vice". Archived from the original on 2008-10-24.