J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
'Masterpiece? Oh yes, I've no doubt about that.' Evening Standard 'Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the 20th century.' Sunday Telegraph 'An extraordinarily imaginative work, part saga, part allegory, and wholly exciting.' The Times 'When it comes to the nation's favourite books, one title runs rings round all the others. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings was chosen by an astonishing 20 per cent of readers in the survey conducted by W H Smith.' Daily Mail, 4 August 2000