J. R. R. Tolkien

1892 - 1973

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (; 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, best known as the author of the high fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1945 and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, from 1945 to 1959. He was a close friend of C. S. Lewis—they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as The Inklings. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of J. R. R. Tolkien has received more than 14,745,034 page views. His biography is available in 140 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 134 in 2019). J. R. R. Tolkien is the 6th most popular writer (up from 7th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from South Africa and the most popular South African Writer.

J.R.R. Tolkien is most famous for writing the novel "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

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Among writers, J. R. R. Tolkien ranks 6 out of 5,794. Before him are William Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri, Homer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. After him are Hans Christian Andersen, Voltaire, Franz Kafka, Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo, and Edgar Allan Poe.

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Among people born in 1892, J. R. R. Tolkien ranks 1After him are Josip Broz Tito, Francisco Franco, Haile Selassie, Louis de Broglie, Walter Benjamin, Manfred von Richthofen, Ivo Andrić, Pearl S. Buck, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, and Oliver Hardy. Among people deceased in 1973, J. R. R. Tolkien ranks 2Before him is Pablo Picasso. After him are Bruce Lee, Pablo Neruda, David Ben-Gurion, Salvador Allende, Erich von Manstein, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Fulgencio Batista, Pearl S. Buck, and Henri Charrière.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, J. R. R. Tolkien ranks 2 out of 312. Before him are Nelson Mandela (1918). After him are J. M. Coetzee (1940), Sarah Baartman (1788), Shaka (1787), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Behati Prinsloo (1988), Elon Musk (1971), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Christiaan Barnard (1922), Desmond Tutu (1931), and Miriam Makeba (1932).

Among WRITERS In South Africa

Among writers born in South Africa, J. R. R. Tolkien ranks 1After him are J. M. Coetzee (1940), Nadine Gordimer (1923), André Brink (1935), Peter Abrahams (1919), Elsa Joubert (1922), Ronald Harwood (1934), Laurens van der Post (1906), Breyten Breytenbach (1939), Alan Paton (1903), Ingrid Jonker (1933), and Deon Meyer (1958).