John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892–1973) was a Professor of Anglo-Saxon Literature at the University of Leeds and the University of Oxford specializing in Language and Literature of Old and Middle English. He wrote many stories, but his most famous were The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955), which are set in an alternative version of Earth’s past he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth.
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