In his October 31, 1954 New York Times review of The Fellowship Of The Ring, W.H. Auden wrote "No fiction I have read in the last five years has given me more joy than 'The Fellowship Of The Ring'." Some fifty years later we have seen Tolkien's remarkable trilogy reprinted countless times and transformed into three of the most successful cinematic adventures ever released. Tolkien's magical world of Hobbits, the Shire, Sauron, and Mordor have influenced generations of readers, writers, and artists alike. This engaging biography explores the very real world of Tolkien's England and the story behind one of the most imaginative literary minds of the twentieth century.