J. R. R. Tolkien

1892 - 1973

J. R. R. Tolkien

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 at one time 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 13,934,424 page views. His biography is available in 134 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 7th most popular writer.

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Among writers, J. R. R. Tolkien ranks 7 out of 4,883Before him are William Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri, Homer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Hans Christian Andersen. After him are Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Franz Kafka, Leo Tolstoy, Molière, 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, Ivo Andrić, Walter Benjamin, Haile Selassie, Louis de Broglie, Manfred von Richthofen, Pearl S. Buck, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, and J. Paul Getty. Among people deceased in 1973, J. R. R. Tolkien ranks 2Before him is Pablo Picasso. After him are Bruce Lee, David Ben-Gurion, Pablo Neruda, Salvador Allende, Erich von Manstein, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Fulgencio Batista, İsmet İnönü, and Pearl S. Buck.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, J. R. R. Tolkien ranks 2 out of 220Before him are Nelson Mandela (1918). After him are J. M. Coetzee (1940), Shaka (1787), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Sarah Baartman (1788), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Christiaan Barnard (1922), Desmond Tutu (1931), Miriam Makeba (1932), Elon Musk (1971), and Paul Kruger (1825).

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), Ronald Harwood (1934), Laurens van der Post (1906), Breyten Breytenbach (1939), Alan Paton (1903), Bessie Head (1937), and Athol Fugard (1932).