Did you know them all?😊❤ ●1.At just 4 years old, Tolkien’s father passed from a fever, and when he was 12 his mother passed from diabetic complications leaving Tolkien and his brother orphans.
●2.A trip through Switzerland’s Interlaken & Lauterbrunnen in 1911 gave Tolkien the initial inspiration to write Bilbo’s journey.
●3.Tolkien, while studying at Oxford University, stole a city bus and took his friends on a joyride.
●4.Tolkien liked to think that The Lord of the Rings was written as if it was translated into English from Westron, which was a common language spoken among Elves, Men, Dwarves, Hobbits, and even Orcs.
●5. “You shall not pass” was an allusion to a commonly used propaganda slogan during World War I.
●6.Tolkien’s later life was spent dealing with the benefits and troubles of fame. His books had become quite popular, and he received an overwhelming amount of calls and letters. He frequently responded to the enquiries. He jokingly said he wish he had taken an early retirement.
●7.Tolkien & his wife Edith were married for more than 50 years. She passed in 1971. His grandson recalled that after she passed, he suffered from large periods of sadness and loneliness. Tolkien passed just 21 months later.
●8. Tolkien leaves a massive legacy. Both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have sold more than a combined 250 million copies. In 2009, Forbes ranked Tolkien as the 5th top-earning dead author. He even left his mark on his old employer the Oxford Dictionary with a couple new words added to the English language, one of which is the word "hobbit".
●9.One of his favourite sayings was: "Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!". ●10.He was buried at Wolvercote cemetery with his wife Edith. The description reads: "Edith Mary Tolkien, Lúthien, 1889-1971 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Beren, 1892-1973". ●11.In 1999 Amazon.com customers voted Lord of the Rings as the most popular book of the Millenium.
●12.When Tolkien's son joined the army, he listed his father's occupation as 'Wizard'. ●13.Tolkien was a great lecturer. When giving lectures on Beowulf, he would often startle students by exclaiming in Anglo-Saxon, and speaking in the manner of an old bar.