J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing 'The Hobbit', 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Silmarillion', plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
'An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent, in a region where everything is invented, forest, moor, river, wilderness, town and the races which inhabit them.' The Observer 'Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century.' Sunday Telegraph