Tolkien’s first 25 years were quite eventful, with him losing both his parents by the time he was 12 years old, and then joining the British army to fight in the First World War 10 years later. He lost many close friends in the Battle of the Somme, which he survived due to falling ill days before the battle.
After the war, he returned to Oxford to teach languages. His passion for the subject led to him inventing his own languages and mythology, a project he began at a young age and was still working on when he died. It would also lead to him achieving worldwide fame as a writer, much to his surprise.
By: Calvin Scholtz, Wordsworth Longbeach