J.R.R. 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.
Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron. -- C. S. Lewis Destined to outlast our time. --New York Herald Tribune Exciting . . . Mr. Tolkien's invention is unflagging. -- W. H. Auden