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J.R.R. Tolkien Trivia Quiz

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The foremost chronicler of Middle Earth was the man who invented the place, its history, and perhaps above all its languages. J.R.R. Tolkien was a respected scholar and teacher of languages who found not just professional interest but literary inspiration in stirring medieval narratives like Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight that he studied and revered. Eventually that inspiration merged with Tolkien’s love of the English countryside to produce the hobbits of the Shire, and the whole wide landscape of Middle Earth and its peoples.

Tolkien in 1916, about to go to war

Tolkien in 1916, about to go to war
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This quiz is published on May 13, 2019, in the week scheduled for the release of the biopic Tolkien. The movie is based on the author’s childhood and early career, and that is the part of his life on which we focus as well. A few days ago the Tolkien family officially disassociated themselves from Tolkien for taking liberties with the truth. No doubt it should have confined itself to ten incontestable facts, as we have done.

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