J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. After serving in World War I, he embarked on a distinguished career as a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. A fellow of Pembroke College from 1925 to 1945, a professor of English language and literature, and a fellow of Merton College from 1945 until his retirement, he became known as one of the finest philologists in the world. He is the beloved creator of Middle-earth and the author of the great modern classic The Hobbit, the prelude to his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Other works set in Middle-earth by J.R.R. Tolkien include The Silmarillion. Tolkien died in 1973, at the age of eighty-one.J.R.R. Tolkien is the author of 'The Annotated Hobbit', published 2002 under ISBN 9780618134700 and ISBN 0618134700.