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JRR Tolkien I Biography A Family Tree B Childhood Life in South Africa and England C Early Adult Life Tolkien the Linguist D Later Adult Life Tolkien the Professor II Education A Early Education A Love of Languages B Later Education The Road to Oxford III Society A World War I The Great War B Inklings Secret Society IV Genera and Literary Devices A Languages B Fairytales C Poetry V Notable Works A The Hobbit Or There and Back Again 1937 B The Lord of the Rings 1954-1955 1 The Fellowship of the Ring 2 The Two Towers 3 The Return of the King C The Silmarillion 1977 VI Works Cited Page VII Personal Response John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3 1892 in Bloemfontein South Africa and was the older of Arthur Reuel and Mabel Suffield Tolkiens two sons His fathers side of the family migrated from Saxony in the 18th century but over the century and a half before his birth they had become thoroughly Anglicized As for Ronalds mothers side of the family they had lived in the West Midlands as far as anyone could remember Doughan In 1890 when his father was thirty-three he moved to South Africa from his hometown of Birmingham a large city located in the West Midlands of England due to better prospects as a bank clerk Mable rushed to be with her husband as soon as she was old enough because she was just eighteen when she married Arthur Coren 8 Arthur liked living in South Africa but Mable could not stand the climate Ronalds memories of South Africa were scarce but what he did remember was distinct such as a confrontation with a spider which influenced his writings to some extent later in his life Doughan When he was four years old his father died and his mother returned to
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