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'''Oranje-Vrijstaat''' (Dutch: ''Republic of the Orange Free State'') was an independent [[wikipedia:Boer|Boer]] republic in southern Africa, now the [[wikipedia:Free State|province]] '''Vrystaat''' (Afrikaans: Free State) of the [[wikipedia:Republic of South Africa|Republic of South Africa]]. Orginally founded as ''Transoranje'' on 17 February 1854. [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] was born there in [[1892]]—his father [[Arthur Tolkien]] headed the [[wikipedia:Bloemfontein|Bloemfontein]] branch of a British bank—but returned to England with his mother at the age of three.
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'''Oranje-Vrijstaat''' (Dutch: ''Republic of the Orange Free State'') was an independent [[wikipedia:Boer|Boer]] republic in southern Africa, now the [[wikipedia:Free State|province]] '''Vrystaat''' (Afrikaans: ''Free State'') of the [[wikipedia:Republic of South Africa|Republic of South Africa]]. Orginally founded as ''Transoranje'' on 17 February 1854. [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] was born there in [[1892]]—his father [[Arthur Tolkien]] headed the [[wikipedia:Bloemfontein|Bloemfontein]] branch of a British bank—but returned to England with his mother at the age of three.
  
 
In [[1944]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] spent time in Free State Province, training for the Royal Air Force. During this stay he [[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien|corresponded]] extensively with his father about the elder Tolkien's  reminiscences of South Africa, as well as newly written chapters of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.
 
In [[1944]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] spent time in Free State Province, training for the Royal Air Force. During this stay he [[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien|corresponded]] extensively with his father about the elder Tolkien's  reminiscences of South Africa, as well as newly written chapters of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.

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Oranje-Vrijstaat (Dutch: Republic of the Orange Free State) was an independent Boer republic in southern Africa, now the province Vrystaat (Afrikaans: Free State) of the Republic of South Africa. Orginally founded as Transoranje on 17 February 1854. J.R.R. Tolkien was born there in 1892—his father Arthur Tolkien headed the Bloemfontein branch of a British bank—but returned to England with his mother at the age of three.

In 1944, Christopher Tolkien spent time in Free State Province, training for the Royal Air Force. During this stay he corresponded extensively with his father about the elder Tolkien's reminiscences of South Africa, as well as newly written chapters of The Lord of the Rings.

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