Today in Literary History – September 2, 1892, J.R.R. Tolkien was born


Today is the 125th anniversary of the birth of J.R.R.Tolkien, Old English scholar and The Lord of the Rings author. J.R.R., by the way, stands for John Ronald Ruel. At school he was known as “J.R. squared.” His academic colleagues called him Ronald and his close friends called him Tollers. He also answered to John if needs be.

I’ve read his translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf, but none of the Lord of the Rings books and only a chapter of The Hobbit. Not my thing, somehow.

Here’s an audio recording of Tollers singing The Stone Troll Song from The Fellowship of the Ring with great gusto.






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