J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81. Christopher Tolkien is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by J.R.R. Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the publication of his father's unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth. He lives in France with his wife Baillie.
Will appeal strongly to readers already haunted by the deeper, more sombre musics of Middle-earth The Times This is the most unexpected of Tolkien's many posthumous publications; his son's `Commentary' is a model of informed accessibility; the poems stand comparison with their Eddic models, and there is little poetry in the world like those Times Literary Supplement The compact verse form is ideally suited to describing impact... elsewhere it achieves a stark beauty Telegraph