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J.R.R. Tolkien: 15 Interesting Facts About the Man Behind Middle-earth

One list to rule them all.

J.R.R. Tolkien

He wasn’t born in England

He was an orphan by the time he was 12

He was raised by a priest

He met the love of his life at an early age

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A trip to Switzerland inspired Frodo’s journey

He was at the Battle of the Somme

He and Chronicles of Narnia author C.S. Lewis were close friends

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  • The Oxford pub The Inklings met at, which is still operational today. 

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He once went to a party dressed as a polar bear, and sometimes paid shopkeepers in false teeth

He was an exceptionally bad driver 

Some of the characters in Lord of the Rings were inspired by dolls

He considered language to be the most important part of Middle-earth

He trained as a World War II code breaker 

He nearly refused to publish a German-language edition of The Hobbit

He didn't want the Beatles to star in a Lord of the Rings adaptation

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  • The fellowship of the fringe. 

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He may have had a personal grudge against The Beatles ...