Thirty-nine years ago on this date passed the former Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University, a brilliant philologist, and perhaps the greatest writer of fiction of the 20th Century, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. His works have inspired millions of readers in a most extraordinary way, and will continue to do so as long as the West endures.
Find a Grave: J.R.R. Tolkien
Donald Swann's setting of the same poem.