Biography of Tolkien

by Apr 19, 2005Critical Viewpoints

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
By: Iman Mohamed

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (other wise known as JRR Tolkien) was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Both Tolkien’s parents were from Birmingham, England but came to South Africa in 1891 to start a better life. Tolkien’s father, Arthur Tolkien, was a bank clerk and his mother, Mabel Tolkien, worked at home. Tolkien also had one brother, Hilary Arthur Reuel.

One holiday his family decided to England to visit Tolkien’s grandparents. His father decided to stay home. So while the rest of his family went to England, Arthur Tolkien passed away. So they decided to permanently move to England.

When JRR was seven, he took an entrance exam at King Edward’s School, but failed. Two years later he passed the exam. JRR’s family was on the gentel side of poverty. The situation worsend when his mother got diagnosed for diabetes. She died on November 4 in the same year.


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