Top 10 Epic Facts About J.R.R. Tolkien

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Tolkien’s life was just as epic as his prose. Today we are looking at the most interesting facts about J.R.R. Tolkien’s life. The author of The Lord of the Rings lead a very interesting life, from fighting in World War 1 to his friendship with C.S. Lewis. Join WatchMojo as we count down the most fascinating facts about J.R.R. Tolkien. Let us know in the comments which of these facts surprised you the most!

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10. He Was the Life of the Party . . . & the Lecture
9. He Was a Terror on the Road
8. He Wanted to Create a New Mythology for England
7. He Was Obsessed with Detail
6. He Was One of the Legendary Inklings
5. He Was Friends with C. S. Lewis
4. He’s One of the Most Read Authors of All Time
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10 thoughts on “Top 10 Epic Facts About J.R.R. Tolkien

  1. TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including Tolkien’s tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt, until the outbreak of the First World War which threatens to tear their fellowship apart. All of these experiences would later inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-earth novels.
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  2. You might’ve missed the best fact of all. Tolkien was asked if his surname was Aryan when trying to get The Hobbit published in Germany. He wrote two letters, one polite and the other honest about his feelings against Nazism, and gave them to his publisher to pick which one to send in response. They sent the polite one, but it was destroyed when the building it was in burned to the ground. I don’t recall if that meant they sent the honest one or not, but it’s still a great story.

  3. Posters: why watch the video before making stupid uneducated hate speeches.

    Jeez. Watch the video to find out why the image was used

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