J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. After serving in World War I, he embarked on a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He is best known as the creator of Middle-earth and the classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973.Tolkien, J. R. R. is the author of 'Silmarillion', published 2001 under ISBN 9780618135042 and ISBN 0618135049.