Jrr tolkiens own description for the original edition if you care for journeys there and back out of the comfortable western world over the edge of the wild and home again and can take an interest in a humble hero blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. John ronald reuel tolkien cbe was an english writer poet wwi veteran a first lieutenant in the lancashire fusiliers british army philologist and university professor best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works the hobbit and the lord of the rings tolkien was rawlinson and bosworth professor of anglo saxon at oxford from 1925 to 1945 and merton professor of english . What jrr tolkiens classic the hobbit still has to offer 80 years after its publication there and back again vann r newkirk ii is a staff writer at the atlantic . Jrr tolkien 1892 1973 is the creator of middle earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as the hobbit the lord of the rings and the silmarillion his books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide
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