Died Today (September 2nd): J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973)

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jrrtolkien.jpgJ.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973)

Born: January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa
Died: September 2, 1973 (age 81) in Bournemouth, Dorset, England, UK

Married to:
Edith Bratt (22 March 1916 – 29 November 1971) (her death) (4 children)

The Inklings (Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams & Owen Barfield) met on Tuesdays for lunch at the ‘Eagle and Child’ pub in Oxford where they would read out pages from their books.

‘The Lord of the Rings’ is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have cut out practically all references to anything like ‘religion,’ to cults or practices, in the imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and symbolism.

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