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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is remembered for his imaginative writings and the lasting creation of Middle-earth world However he was also a great scholar and linguist holding the position of the Rawlingson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University His writings owe much of its power to his ocean of knowledge about European languages and a deep understanding and appreciation of the art of storytelling and myths His books have been translated into twenty-four languages and many millions of copies have been sold worldwide Tolkien John Ronald ReuelTolkien was born in the Orange Free State in what is now South Africa on January 3 1892 However his mother brought him home to England when he was four and after his fathers death his family made their home in rural Sarehole then on the edge of the industrial city Brimingham Rosebury 80-137When Tolkien was only twelve his mother passed away leaving him and his brother in the care of Father Francis Xavier Morgan Father Morgan was a very strong moral influence on young Tolkien and provided him with loving support though to his years in college JRR Tolkien 145-146 Tolkien received a very good high school education at King Edward VI School one of the finest schools in England at the time From there he went up to Oxford where he studied English at Exeter College gaining him first class honors Rosebury 80-137 At the age of twenty-one Tolkien proposed to his childhood sweetheart Edith Bratt although it was against the wishes of Father Morgan who objected to him marring someone three years older than himself JRR Tolkien 145-146 However the two were unable to web for a few years because Tolkien was drafted to fight in World War I During the war he served in the Lancashire Fusiliers as an officer and survived the Somme though many of his close friends and colleagues died Rosebury 80- 137 His respect for the common solder under
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