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Christopher Reuel Tolkien (born November 21, 1924) is best known as the third son of author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), and as the editor of much of his father's posthumously published work. He drew the original maps for his father's The Lord of the Rings, which he signed C. J. R. T. The J. stands for John, a baptismal name that he does not ordinarily use. November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1972, in his study at Merton Street (from by H. Carpenter) John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) is best known as the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings. ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1973 calendar). ... An Editor is a person who prepares text—typically language, but also images and sounds—for publication by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it. ... Posthumous means after death. ... The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy saga by the British author J. R. R. Tolkien, his most popular work and a sequel to his popular fantasy novel The Hobbit. ...


Christopher Tolkien was born in Leeds, England, the third son of J. R. R. Tolkien. He was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford and then at the Oratory School. During World War II, he served as a pilot in the Royal Air Force, after which he read English at Oxford University. Leeds is the urban core of the metropolitan borough and city the City of Leeds in West Yorkshire in the north of England. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my [birth]right) Englands location (dark green) within the British Isles Languages English (de facto) Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked... The Dragon School is a renowned British preparatory school in the city of Oxford, founded in 1877. ... Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). ... The Oratory School is an all-boys, Catholic, public school of approximately 400 pupils located in Woodcote, Oxfordshire near Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others. ... The Royal Air Force (often abbreviated to RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... The academic discipline of English studies explores the production and analysis of texts produced in English (or in areas of the world in which English is a common mode of communication). ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ...


Young Christopher had long been part of the critical audience for J. R. R.'s fiction, first as a child listening to tales of Bilbo Baggins, and then as a teenager and young adult offering much feedback on The Lord of the Rings during its 15-year gestation. Christopher himself had the task of interpreting his father's sometimes self-contradictory maps of Middle-earth in order to produce the versions used in the books. Christopher re-drew the main map in the late 1970s to clarify the lettering and correct some errors and omissions. Bilbo Baggins is the central character in the J. R. R. Tolkien novel The Hobbit, and a minor character in its sequel, The Lord of the Rings. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


Later the son followed in his father's footsteps, becoming a lecturer and tutor in English Language at New College, Oxford from 1964 to 1975. College name New College Named after Blessed Virgin Mary Established 1379 Sister College Kings College Warden Prof. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...


J. R. R. had written a great deal of material connected to the Middle-earth mythos that was not published in his lifetime; although he had originally intended to publish The Silmarillion along with The Lord of the Rings, and parts of it were in a finished state, he died in 1973 with the project unfinished. A map of the Northwestern part of Middle-earth at the end of the Third Age, courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arda. ... The Silmarillion is a collection of J. R. R. Tolkiens works, edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher R. Tolkien, with assistance from fantasy fiction writer Guy Gavriel Kay. ... The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy saga by the British author J. R. R. Tolkien, his most popular work and a sequel to his popular fantasy novel The Hobbit. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1973 calendar). ...


After his father's death, Christopher embarked on organizing the masses of his father's notes, some of them written on odd scraps of paper a half-century earlier. Much of the material was handwritten, frequently a fair draft was written over a half-erased first draft, and names of characters routinely changed between the beginning and end of the same draft. Deciphering this was an arduous task, and perhaps only someone with personal experience of J. R. R. and the evolution of his stories could have made any sense of it; even so, Christopher has admitted to having to occasionally guess at what his father intended.


Nevertheless, working with Guy Gavriel Kay, he was able to publish The Silmarillion in 1977. The Silmarillion is a hotly debated work, because much of its final form was set into Tolkien's canon by Christopher. For more information on the canonical status of The Silmarillion, see the Middle-earth canon article. The Silmarillion was followed by Unfinished Tales in 1980, and then the twelve volumes of The History of Middle-earth between 1983 and 1996. He also edited several other volumes of his father's writings. Guy Gavriel Kay (born November 7, 1954) is a Canadian author of fantasy fiction. ... The Silmarillion is a collection of J. R. R. Tolkiens works, edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher R. Tolkien, with assistance from fantasy fiction writer Guy Gavriel Kay. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... ... This article discusses the concept of literary ‘canon’ as it might be applied to J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth legendarium. ... Unfinished Tales (full title Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth) is a collection of stories by J. R. R. Tolkien that were never completed during his lifetime, but were edited by his son Christopher Tolkien and published in 1980. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The History of Middle-earth is a 12-volume series of books that collect and analyse material relating to the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, compiled and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Christopher Tolkien lives in France with his second wife, Baillie Tolkien, who edited J. R. R.'s The Father Christmas Letters for posthumous publication. They have two children, Adam Tolkien and Rachel Tolkien. His eldest son by his first marriage, Simon Tolkien, is a barrister and novelist. Baillie Tolkien edited J. R. R. Tolkiens Father Christmas Letters. ... The Father Christmas Letters is a collection of letters written by Father Christmas to J.R.R Tolkiens children. ... Simon Tolkien (born 1959) is a British barrister and novelist. ...


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Christopher John Reuel Tolkien (born November 21, 1924) is best known as the son of author J.
Christopher had long been part of the critical audience for J. R.'s fiction, first as a child listening to tales of Bilbo Baggins, and then as a teenager and young adult offering much feedback on The Lord of the Rings during its 15-year gestation.
Christopher re-drew the main map in the late 1970s to clarify the lettering and correct some errors and omissions.
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Tolkien lost his father when he was very young.
Tolkien was explicit that hobbits are not like rabbits, although the eagle carrying Bilbo says: "You need not be frightened like a rabbit, even if you look rather like one." In a letter to the Observer, he said that "my bobbit...
Tolkien's mother was a capable artist, and taught her son to draw and paint.
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