Was Tolkien born in Johannesburg

Was Tolkien born in Johannesburg

Tolkien was a major English scholar that is celebrated to date, and his works are still relevant to today's world. The famous books, ‘Lord of the Rings' and ‘The Hobbit' are some of his works. The exciting truth is that this legend was born in Mzansi land and the Mzansi people have every right to be proud of such a great talent. But one question is, was Tolkien born in Johannesburg? We will dig deeper into the exact location where he was born in South Africa alongside other facts about the legend.

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Read on to this article and get to know more about Tolkena and where he was born.

Who is Tolkien?

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in 1892 and died in 1973. He was a writer, a poet, a philologist and also a university professor. All these roles worked well with Tolkien since he had a powerful brain with lots of skills.

The two books, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were a great success such that Forbes still recognizes Tolkien as the dead but earning celebrity at position five. The two books later were produced as movie series, and people loved them the same way they loved the books.

Where exactly was Tolkien born in South Africa?

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Tolkien was born to Arthur Reuel and Mabel Nee Suffield in South Africa. His parents had just left England for South Africa. His father Arthur Reuel had just been promoted to be the head in Bloemfontein office in South Africa. This happened even before Tolkien was born. So, it is a fact that Tolkien was born Bloemfontein in the orange free state currently known as the free state province. Bloemfontein is the capital city of the province of the free state in South Africa. The location of the town is far from Johannesburg. This can only mean that Tolkien was not born in Johannesburg, but he was born in Bloemfontein.

He, however, did not live in this city for a long time, as he left for England with his family and left his father in South Africa. His father was not able to join them in England because he died of rheumatic fever in South Africa.

Tolkien books

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Tolkien had written many books, but as he was writing, he never intended for them to be famous but he just wrote for the entertainment of his children. Below are some of the most exciting books that Tolkien wrote.

  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Hobbit
  • The Silmarillion
  • Beren and Luthien
  • The Fall of Gondolin
  • The Children of Hurin
  • Unfinished Tales
  • The Book of the Lost Tales
  • Letters from Father Christmas

The Hobbit

Tolkien wrote this children's fantasy book and published it in 1937. The storyline of this book was based purely on children's adventure stories. A film was also introduced out of the book. In this novel, Tolkien describes the hobbits as a species of the human race who have some special characters. If you have not watched the film, then you should consider watching it. It is one of the movies in Bloemfontein that you will enjoy watching.

The Lord of the Rings

The author of Lord of the Rings wrote the book between 1937-1949. That is about 11 years. It is clear here that the time the book took to be completed was worth it. Its success was huge. The book, however, could not be published as one book since it was a large one, and so, it was separated into three parts. The three books were the fellowship of the ring, the two towers and the return of the king.

The novel is the best selling one currently as it has sold over 150 million copies. This meant that it would be read by different people all over the world. The book became so successful that it was translated into 38 different languages. This book was also made into a film based purely on its story-line, and I bet you have watched the movie too. This book started as a Hobbit story but later on became a serious one, and it became The Lord of the Rings.

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Facts about Tolkien

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1. A baboon spider bit him when he was a child.

This happened when he was little at the garden but he was never affected by the incident later on in his life.

2. He became an orphan at the age of twelve.

When Tolkien was three, he left his birthplace in South Africa leaving his father behind. He went with his mother and brother to London. Unfortunately, his father was not able to join them in England, and he died from rheumatic fever back in South Africa. At the age of twelve, his mother died of diabetes. So, he was left an orphan in the hands of a Catholic father.

3. He was writing books for his children’s entertainment.

Most J. R. R. Tolkien books were meant for his children’s entertainment. A publisher friend of Tolkien was the one who saw the rare talent in Tolkien and assisted him in publishing his books.

4. He did not love fame.

Tolkien was never thrilled at the thought of being famous. He rarely went for interviews, and it was said that it was effortless to get an appointment from a higher dimension than to get an interview from Tolkien.

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So the question is, was Tolkien born in Johannesburg? The answer is no. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein the capital city of the province of the free state. He was, however, taken back to England where he grew up. Bloemfontein is a town that is a distance away from Johannesburg. Besides, his father was working in an office in the city before Tolkien was born, which means that Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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