The Meaning From Within Essay

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J. R. R. Tolkien is a very accomplished writer who has had many published works. Tolkien uses his life experiences in a creative way to portray meaning into his text. Evidence of this is clearly presented through his most notable work, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He used these books as a medium, to express events and experiences that he lived through first hand. All of his books are a timeless way for him to express himself and his ideas to generations to come.
J.R.R. Tolkien was born in 1892, Bloomfontein, South Africa. He lived there for three years before moving back to England with his Mother Mabel, where his father died one year later. He was brought up in the Warwickshire countryside, where many believe this to be the basis of the Shire in Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s mother died when he was 12, leaving him to be brought up by the family’s Catholic priest, Father Francis Morgen. He studied several languages at the University of Oxford in England where he had mastered the Latin and Greek which was the main course of an arts education at that time, and was becoming more fluent in a number of other languages including Finnish. After finishing off his degree for English literature, he enlisted for the First World War in 1916. “Tolkien spent the remainder of the war alternating between hospitals and garrison duties, being deemed medically unfit for general service,” according to John Garth’s book Tolkien and the Great War. When he arrived back in England in 1917, Tolkien began working on his epic The Silmarillion. Tolkien’s other main published books were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. For the remainder of his life he continues to publish more novels and care for four children from his wife Edith.
J. R. R. Tolkien’s life influenced his works and put meaning into his text. There are several examples of this such as the place where he grew up at, Warwickshire Countryside. According to Lynn Forest-Hill’s article Written, “JRR Tolkien's connections with Warwick are well documented but not widely acknowledged, and yet Warwick's physical and historical presence were an important aspect of his creative imagination throughout his life.” Another incident of J. R. R. Tolkien’s life influencing his works was his wife Edith. When Tolkien was stationed at Kingston upon Hull in England, he and Edith went walking in the woods at nearby Roos, and there in a grove thick with hemlock Edith danced for him. Tolkien notes after she died that, “I never called Edith Luthien – but she was the source of the story that in time became the chief part of the Silmarillion(letters no. 340).” Tolkien also used all the languages he learned at oxford to create more than twenty languages, each with a unique...

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