John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor. He was born on January 3 1892 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State and died on September 2, 1973 in Bournemouth, England. He is one of the most popular and most successful writers in the world. Some of his well known works around the world are The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. The Lord of the Rings was put on the screen and has become on of the most popular films as well. You can download J.R.R. Tolkien’s audiobook The Lord of the Rings from our site in mp3. Queen Elizabeth II appointed Tolkien with Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1972. One of his close friends was C.S. Lewis, the author known by millions around the world. Tolkien is considered to be the pioneer of the modern fantasy. Hу inspired many other authors.