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JRR Tolkien

JRR Tolkien


Author: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

Dates: 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973

Nationality: English

Extract From: Cat

The fat cat on the mat
may seem to dream
of nice mice that suffice
for him, or cream;
but he free, maybe,
walks in thought
unbowed, proud, where loud
roared and fraught
his kin, lean and slim,
or deep in den
in the East feasted on beasts
and tender men.
The giant lion with iron
claw in paw,
and huge ruthless tooth
in gory jaw;
the pard dark-starred,
fleet upon feet
that oft soft from aloft
leaps upon his meat
where woods loom in gloom –
far now they be,
fierce and free,
and tamed is he;
but fat cat on the mat
kept as a pet
he does not forget.

Brief Biography: JRR Tolkien is popularly acknowledged to be the father of modern fantasy fiction. Best known as the author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Tolkien was also an accomplished poet and academic, serving as an Oxford professor for some 34 years noted for his lectures and essays on Beowulf. Along with his close friend and contemporary fantasy writer CS Lewis he was a member of the literary discussion group The Inklings. Tolkien was awarded the OBE in 1972.