“My dear Bagginses and Boffins, Tooks and Brandybucks, Grubbs, Chubbs, Hornblowers, Bolgers, Bracegirdles and Proudfoots.”
“Today is my one hundred and eleventh birthday!”
Announced Bilbo Baggins all the way back in 1954 with the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
By this time John Ronald Reuel Tolkien had already established himself as a poet, philologist, university professor and was on his way to becoming the “father” of high-fantasy writing.
Today we celebrate his 122nd birthday and the literay legacy he has left behind.
His son, Christopher Tolkien, has worked hard to sustain and uphold this legacy, and was even consulted by Christopher Scarf when the latter was writing his recent work, The Ideal of Kingship in the Writings of Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien: Divine Kingship is Reflected in Middle-Earth which is now also avaiable as an ebook from our website.