Known as the father of modern fantasy literature, J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the most prolific British authors of the last century. His rich and complex imagination has produced tales of elves, wizards, dwarfs, and extraordinary fantasy worlds such as Arda and Middle-earth. Together, his work has formed a literature body of poems, tales, fictional histories, and invented languages that, when published between the 1930s and 1940s, changed the course of fantasy literature. While many other authors at the time had already published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit resulted in a complete resurgence of the modern fantasy genre. The Hobbit was published in 1937, followed by The Lord of the Rings, written between 1937 and 1949, which he initially intended to be a sequel but turned into a much larger work of art, becoming one of the best-selling novels of all time with over 150 million copies sold.
In 2008, Tolkien was honored as one of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945” by The Times, while in 2009, he was ranked in 5th position on the “Top Five Dead Celebrities” list made by Forbes. Apparently, audiences around the world feel the same about Tolkien, especially since Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies hit the box office. The Tolkien aficionados want more of Tolkien, particularly to know more about his own life story, and reportedly, their dream is about to come true, since the latest news is that a biopic about Tolkien is one step closer to the big screen.
Reportedly, the storyline will center on Tolkien and his group of friends (Robert Gilson, Geoffrey Bache Smith, and Christopher Wiseman), who called themselves “The Tea Club and Bavarian Society” (TCBS). The four friends attended school together and became very close, enjoying a passion for writing that they shared and critiqued. During those years, Tolkien cultivated his dedication to writing poetry and traveling, probably his main catalysts for creating Middle-earth as the backbone of both of his best-known works. Their enthusiastic companionship was shadowed by the outbreak of World War I in 1914, and they joined the military and fought in the front lines. Later, he incorporated these horrific experiences into The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, presenting the brutality of warfare and depicting the utterly painful sense of loss that overwhelmed post-war Europe.
It has been suggested that this inspired Tolkien to vividly render the war against Sauron and the destruction of the Shire.
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