Birthday of the Master

We take a moment at the begin­ning of the new year to mark the arrival of the most imag­i­na­tive author of the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on this date in 1897 in Bloem­fontein, South Africa.

It is with­out hyper­bole that I may say that his work has had a unfath­omable effect upon my life, and while the inspi­ra­tion he has giv­en me shall nev­er lead to imi­ta­tion (for my gifts, such as they are, are not his), he has filled my mind and soul with a world of won­der.

Hap­py Birth­day, Pro­fes­sor!

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