Anyone keen on fantasy books certainly knows J.R.R. Tolkien. He is said to be the best writer

in this area of literature. The ideas and the fantasy world that Tolkien created are still the pattern to follow for other writers. The full name of the author is John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. He was born on 3rd December 1892 in Bloemfontein in South Africa. His parents were English. He died at the age of 81 in England. He was not only the famous writer, but also a scientist.

Tolkien's family moved to England in 1896, after his father died in Africa. He went to King Edward's School. Next he attended St. Phillip's School and the University of Oxford. He completed his education in 1915 and soon after that he joined the army. He took part in many battles in France. He got ill with trench fever there and came back to London in 1917. Soon after the return he began writing his first book- "The Book of Lost Tales".

J.R.R. Tolkien was a well known scientist. In 1918 he was given a membership in the New English Dictionary committee. He lectured on English language in Leeds and became a professor there. He also taught Old English in Oxford and was professor in English literature. What is more, he attained mastery in deciphering many forgotten languages.

As a young boy, Tolkien already showed much interest in learning languages. He was dedicated to get to know European languages- both modern and old. It was the passion for the world of speech, that led him in his scientific career as well as in the development of his hobby- creating new languages. Tolkien had much interest for epic tales, myths and legends. In the stories he wrote, his wisdom helped him create mysterious worlds.

The most famous books by Tolkien are- "Silmarillion", "The Hobbi: or There and Back Again", the trilogy- "The Lord of the Rings" and many more. Even though he died 32 years ago, his books are still very popular. I think that they will be read by next generation as well.