|Born||January 3, 1892|
|Died||September 2, 1973|
|Education||University of Oxford|
|Occupation||Professor of Old and Middle English|
|Location||Oxford, Leeds, England|
|Website||The Tolkien Estate|
- "I felt that Tolkien was like an iceberg, something to be reckoned with above water in both its brilliance and mass and yet so much more below the surface."
- ― Clyde Kilby
Professor Dr. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE (1982 - 1973) is the subject of Tolkien Gateway. His life, his works, his family: everything about the man whom fans have named affectionately the Professor can be found here.
Oxford English Dictionary
University of Oxford
Academics and Fantasy
University of Leeds
The Lord of the Rings
Back in Oxford
The Price of Fame
The name John was a custom in the Tolkien family. It was usually given to the eldest son of the eldest son. Tolkien's father, Arthur, was the first son of John Benjamin's second marriage; the first son of his first marriage, John, died with only three daughters. As of that moment, the name John went to Arthur's descendants. It passed to Tolkien's first son, John, who became a priest and left no children, so the name John has effectively lost its hereditary signififance.
Arthur Tolkien's first choice for his eldest son's second child was Benjamin, after his father. Tolkien's mother, Mabel, who was confident she would receive a daughter, chose Rosalind. This would become Ronald when the child turned out to be a boy. Tolkien often used this name as his first name; most of his letters to Edith were signed Ronald, or simply R..
Despite it's obvious biblical connotations, the name Reuel does not come from any of the people mentioned in the Bible; instead, it was the surname of a friend of John Benjamin. He gave it to his son Arthur, and both his sons, John and Hilary had it. Most male descendents of J.R.R. Tolkien have the third name Reuel.
As an Author
Portrayal in Adaptations
- Ian Bellman plays Tolkien in this film about C.S. Lewis. It stars Simon Jones (of Hitchhiker's Guide fame) as Lewis.
2005: C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia:
- ↑ Clyde Kilby, Tolkien and The Silmarillion, Preface
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Caprenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 309 (dated January 2, 1969)
- ↑ Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, page 202
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Caprenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 1, note 7 (dated October 1914)