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.
`A flawless masterpiece' The Times
`Tolkien was a storyteller of genius' Literary Review
`Amongst the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century' Sunday Telegraph