J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in South Africa. Tolkien was educated and taught Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. Tolkien's other works include The Hobbit and The Simarillion, which are both available on audio from Random House. Martin Shaw is an actor known for his roles in The Professionals, The Chief, Judge John Deed, Inspector George Gently, and more. Shaw is also a popular audiobook narrator who has lent his voice to such titles as The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, Gulliver's Travels, and Wuthering Heights.