J.R.R Tolkien (1892-1973) is best known as the author of the enduringly popular fantasy novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, now made into a series of well-regarded blockbuster films.
He was also a world-renowned scholar of ancient language, who married the childhood sweetheart who inspired his stories, and was father to four children.
He was also a devout Catholic whose faith was central to his writing. This booklet shows how an orphan from Birmingham came to write books that forever changed the way we read.
Raymond Edwards is a freelance writer. He has a particular interest in Church history, liturgy and Tolkien. He has written a number of booklets for the CTS, and writes occasionally for the Catholic papers.