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J. R. R. Tolkien

1892 - 1973

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (, ROOL TOL-keen; 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer and philologist. He was the author of the high fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. From 1925 to 1945, Tolkien was the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and a Fellow of Pembroke College, both at the University of Oxford. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of J. R. R. Tolkien has received more than 23,005,117 page views. His biography is available in 147 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 140 in 2019). J. R. R. Tolkien is the 6th most popular writer, 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 5,755Before him are Homer, William Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. After him are Hans Christian Andersen, Voltaire, Edgar Allan Poe, Sophocles, Leo Tolstoy, and Franz Kafka.

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

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, J. R. R. Tolkien ranks 2 out of 374Before him are Nelson Mandela (1918). After him are Elon Musk (1971), Sarah Baartman (1788), Desmond Tutu (1931), J. M. Coetzee (1940), Shaka (1787), Christiaan Barnard (1922), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Miriam Makeba (1932), and Charlize Theron (1975).

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), Peter Abrahams (1919), André Brink (1935), Breyten Breytenbach (1939), Laurence Oliphant (1829), Ronald Harwood (1934), Laurens van der Post (1906), Deon Meyer (1958), Alan Paton (1903), and Ingrid Jonker (1933).