English writer, scholar and philologist, Tolkien's father was a bank manager in South Africa. When his father died in 1896 his mother took him and his younger brother to his father's native village of Sarehole, near Birmingham, England. The landscapes and Nordic mythology of the Midlands may have been...See full bio »
(writer: "That's What Bilbo Baggins Hates", "Under the Lonely Mountain", "The Goblin Song", "The Road Goes Ever On and On", "The Barrel Song", "Fifteen Birds in Five Fir Trees", "The Mountain King's Return")
The Hobbits are just rustic English people, made small in size because it reflects the generally small reach of their imagination.
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Tolkien's reaction to several proposed film productions of his books was that he considered his works to be unstageable; he simply didn't feel that they could be successfully translated to a dramatic form. Although he had sold the film rights long before he died, he had no real expectation that "The Lord of the Rings" could be successfully filmed.
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