John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic. He was the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. 1 2
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien) would arrive at Prembroke College, Oxford University, where his morning would primarily be occupied with teaching. As lunchtime approached, Tolkien may have met up with friends to eat at The Eagle and Child pub. From these early meetings with his peers evolved ‘The Inklings’ – a group of Oxford academics and writers who met to informally discuss different works of fiction and present their own their writings to the group.
Following lunch, Tolkien’s time would again be occupied with more teaching, however, once classes had finished for the day, he would get the chance to take a walk and possibly visit one of his much-loved locations – the Botanic Gardens. Tolkien would return home after a day’s work to have dinner with his wife and children before retiring to his study and immersing himself in his own writings. On some nights, his children may have entered his study wishing to be told a story, a request which Tolkien could not refuse.