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What Do You Know About J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 – 1973)?

Almost everyone recognizes the name John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.  Mention him in polite conversation and people will likely say:  He’s the guy who wrote the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  Thanks to him we know about a place called Middle Earth, a wise wizard named Gandalf, people called hobbits and … “the Precious”.

His books brought him fame, fortune, and success but also caused him to retreat from public view. He was a very private man and wanted his private life to stay private. His youngest son Christopher is in charge of his estate and his legacy.  He permitted an “official biography” of his father to be released. But Tolkien enthusiasts and loyal fans are always wanting to know more.  Do you know which of these biographical facts about Tolkien is true?

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    J. R. R. Tolkien was born in South Africa; January 3, 1892.

    • True
    • False
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    Tolkien’s parents lived in Africa but they sent him away at an early age to attend school in England where a Catholic priest was entrusted with raising him.

    • True
    • False
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    The priest responsible for raising Tolkien taught him all about classic mythology, which is where he “borrowed” many ideas for his writings.

    • True
    • False
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    The name of Tolkien’s wife was Priscilla Anita Tolkien. They were married for 55 years and together they had four children. She passed away November 1971.

    • True
    • False
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    Tolkien gave his firtsborn son the name Francis to honor the priest who took care of him.

    • True
    • False
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    Tolkien was a professor and an academic. He actually had a job contributing to the Oxford English Dictionary.

    • True
    • False
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    Reuel is an ancient Hebrew name which translates “God is his friend”.

    • True
    • False
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    John R. R. Tolkien had a son and a daughter who were both given the middle name Reuel.

    • True
    • False
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    Tolkien hired a personal assistant to be his spokesperson for handling public inquires and communications because he closely guarded his privacy.

    • True
    • False
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    Tolkien served as a Lieutenant during World War II from 1915 to 1918.

    • True
    • False

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