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")
In "The Lord of the Rings", the wizard Gandalf is revealed to have an Elvish name, Mithrandir. This is an indirect reference to the story's Christian underpinnings. The name Mithrandir is derived from Mithras, a Pagan god with several parallels to stories of the life of Jesus: he was born on December 25 as the offspring of the Sun...
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