If you are a book fanatic, you must have read the all-time famous Lord of The Rings and the Hobbit or watched the movies written by J.R.R. Tolkien. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Here are some of the facts about that you might have not known.
Tolkien participated in World War I
Tolkien was a second lieutenant and a signalling officer during World War I and fought along with the other young men. He experienced the horrors of war firsthand, and due to trench fever, he was admitted to a hospital, which gave him time to think about what was going on. World War inspired many of his famous novels. Some people even believe that his famous Lord of the Ring is based on his events from the World War.
He loved drama
Tolkien was a professor at Oxford University during 1925-1959. He was a person filled with drama and loved to do things which were not so appropriate. He used to dress as Polar Bear for formal parties and once chased a neighbour dressed as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior. Students the way he took classes as they were full of beverages as they studied English literature. He was also known to pay shopkeepers with his false teeth.
Tolkien believed his fans were crazy
Tolkien always believed he was a scholar before a writer. His fantasy works were an attempt to create a body of myth. But he could not believe the appreciation he received from the readers. He even criticized any adaptations of his work which did not showcase the noble purpose of his writing. He was sceptical of his LOTR fans who he believed never appreciated his work for its true meaning.
Tolkien was a terrible driver
It was a time when cars were only becoming popular, and Tolkien wanted to get one for himself. But he was never a good driver as he never put his feet on the brakes until he reached where he wanted to. He was known to simply charge through the traffic yelling, “Charge, and they scatter.” Once, he ended up having two flat tires while driving and managed to stop his car by somehow crashing is safe to a wall. Later he stopped driving not because he was bad at it, but because he was concerned about the environmental impact of car ownership.
Tolkien was quite romantic
He had a really interesting love story. He fell in love with his 3 years senior at the age of 16. Her name was Edith Bratt, and she was a Protestant while Tolkien was Catholic. When his guardian, who was a Catholic priest found out about the affair, he asked Tolkien to cut off all the contacts with her. They did not meet after than until he was 21 and finally found her again. Edith broke her engagement and turned Catholic to marry Tolkien, and they lived the rest of their lives together.