Article abstract: An Oxford professor’s epic fantasy became an unexpected best-seller and sparked a long-term resurgence of fantasy literature.
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The first publication of The Lord of the Rings in three volumes was preceded by a long gestation period. The book’s origins can be traced as far back as 1917, when Tolkien was invalided out of active combat duty toward the end of World War I. An early fascination with languages (Old and Middle English, Norse, Welsh, and Finnish, among others) led him to create two languages of his...
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