Fans of J R R Tolkien, the father of the fantasy genre, marked the 120th anniversary of his birth. At 09.00 UTC (13.00 MSK 04.00 EST 01.00 PST), they said the traditional short toast, “The Professor”… the author of the famous trilogy The Lord of the Rings taught at Oxford University. After surviving the trenches of World War I as a volunteer, Tolkien wrote a fairy tale in the early ’30s called The Hobbit, or, There, and Back Again. Subsequently, because he created the vast world of Middle-earth, with many nations, tongues, its own religion and history. His trilogy The Lord of the Rings, published in the ’50s, is considered one of the most famous and popular books of the 20th century. It spawned a youth subculture, known as Tolkienistov or Rolevikov in Russia.
4 January 2011
Voice of Russia World Service