It has been over 45 years since the world lost J.R.R. Tolkien, one of history's most prominent writers. January 3rd, 2019 marks 127 years since the author was born in South Africa and fans are jumping at the chance to celebrate on social media.
The Hobbit was initially published in 1937, followed by The Lord of the Rings, which was written between 1937 and 1949, and originally published in 1954.
Best known for his high fantasy, the author became recognized as the father of the modern genre. A resurgence for the series began in 2001 when Peter Jackson's popular film franchise began, eventually earning the Best Picture award at the Oscars in 2004 for The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
In addition to LOTR, Tolkien was an author of literary criticism, writing Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics, a lecture that was published into a paper in 1936.
The Silmarillion, a collection of mythopoeic work, was the author's "Sketch of the Mythology." It was edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien, and published after J.R.R. died.
Tolkien's works have never stopped being relevant, and fans of the author continue to honor him today...
Classic Book Covers
Happy birthday to J. R. R. Tolkien, born today in 1892! Let's look back at a few classic book covers to celebrate... pic.twitter.com/PN1yIowseY— Pulp Librarian (@PulpLibrarian) January 3, 2019
'All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'January 3, 2019
J.R.R. Tolkien was born on this date January 3 in 1892. Photo in the public domain, author unknown. pic.twitter.com/pvRFAAecTD— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) January 3, 2019
'I always in writing start with a name. Give me a name and it produces a story, not the other way about normally.'— Waterstones (@Waterstones) January 3, 2019
- J. R. R. Tolkien, born #OnThisDay in 1892#ThursdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/vKI22b72RU
Happy birthday to J.R.R. Tolkien, a visionary who were he alive today most certainly would have said "THREE MOVIES? OUT OF THE HOBBIT? THAT'S COMPLETELY ABSURD."— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) January 3, 2019
The Tolkien Society asks fans to honor the Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday, which was on January 3, 1892. You’re encouraged to have a birthday toast as part of #JRRTolkienDay#MyPrecious pic.twitter.com/M25j5yFF3z— BagetsYznabero (@BagetsYznabero) January 2, 2019
And Second Breakfast
I'm having second breakfast to celebrate some of the greatest writing I've ever read. Thank you J.R.R. Tolkien - you changed a lot of lives— Ian Lurie (@portentint) January 3, 2019