J.R.R. Tolkien

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973), known by his pen name J. R. R. Tolkien, was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.


I love Harry Potter as much as the next person, but what Rowling did was not nearly as powerful nor did it encompass the genius associated with the greatest writer of all time. Tolkien created a world, a language, and one of the greatest Hero's Journeys in the history of literature all from scratch. He commented on the corruption of the human soul and the lust of evil found within our hearts, and yet he still made each and every reader believe in the quiet dignity of the hobbits and the triumph of Good over Evil. Harry Potter is a wonderful and empowering story for children, but Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit touches humanity at its core. Now what am I doing? I have an English essay to be writing right now.

J.R.R. tolkien is an amazing author who has created a incredible fantasy world of which many people have lost themselves in, not to mention inventing an entire language and the history of his world. I was looking at the best selling authors on Wikipedia and personally I think it's a crime that more people haven't read this tremendous authors work. I'm gushing a little bit at the moment but even after watching the movies based off his books I fell in love with the abridged version and I fell in love all over again when I actually opened one of his books.

Rereading The Hobbit and I just can't imagine how he isn't number 1. He created a textbook of information that was INTERESTING. No other author that has lived can say the same. When most authors throw a ton of detail at me, it comes off as boring, repetitive, and useless, but every single detail he gives us holds its own in the overall story that is being conveyed. The detail helps add to the already amazing land I have created in my mind. I remember the first time I read the Hobbit and I could SEE Mirkwood! I could imagine how hideous the spiders were! No other author can even claim they did the same!

Tolkien is by far the greatest author of all time. His books are still read today and will be for the next thousand years. His name is know by everyone who knows how to read and his books have been read by nearly everyone. People would truly appreciate his works more if they read more than just the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings saga. He wrote many other books in the same realm. Maps, the history, and more epics all in the realm of middle earth.

Come on! King is nowhere near getting close to being just a shadow of Tolkien's genius. He created an unimaginably complex world, new languages and writing systems, entire HISTORY of that world since its creation, and put a message to readers in a story so wonderfully written that he will always be at the top of my list. Even if you're not a fanatic like me, you have countless reasons to love his work.

For my taste he is GOD. When I was younger I literally worshiped him. The complexity and quality of his writing is just out of this world. And the storyline of his stories always leaves you curious about what will happen next and your thinking about that at the same time your anxious about what's going on in the present. That's the magic of Tolkien. - 12cc

Tolkien was an amazing writer. His depths and details are not to be compared to any other writers. Personally I feel as if Harry Potter is a "modern" but childish and less imaginative version of the LOTR. No hate was meant but I just felt like it is what it is. Harry Potter has gained lots of popularity because of its understandable book whilst Tolkien's books are a lot more complex. This meant that teens aren't the target readers and nowadays teens read more than adults because of jobs etc.

Tolkien should be in the number 1 spot. This man spoke at least 10 languages, spent an entire lifetime creating his Middle earth world, to the point where every character had a timeline and history, He created his own languages for elves, dwarves, orcs etc. How many other authors have been as dedicated to creating a whole world down to the tiniest detail.

Thank to him, not only do we have Lord Of The Rings (the best trilogy ever), but we also have Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones and many other books. He inspired the imagination of the greatest authors in the world, making him the greatest. Everything J.K. Rolling wrote was inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien. There is no better authors than him.

There's no point in making a top ten when it's basically 90% Americans voting, I've never heard of a guy named Stephen King, it only explains why Dickens and Shakespeare are way down while this American guy who only Americans find amusing is are at the top. If there was a top ten for most intelligent people they'd vote Donald Trump or Kanye West first.

Tolkien created a world so real and imaginative that it's hard to believe that his stories are truly fiction. The worlds had history, lore, languages and alphabets, religions, everything you would expect to see in a world, all done so perfectly. Tolkien, in my opinion, is the greatest author.

Creative genius. His uncanny ability to develop charterers and to tell multiple stories is unparalleled. Lord of the Rings is the foundation for fantasy novels that came after it. Tolkien was simply a genius.

Tolkien is the best author because he created a world, Middle-Earth, that is way more detailed than any other author has made and he did it with only 5 books. The stories are amazing too.

If he was still alive he would be one of the richest dudes ever. He has written possibly the greatest trilogy ever and the trilogy was made into the best all time adventure movie series. No doubt the greatest ever writer.

Rowling owes it all to Tolkien. She is popular right now due to the fact that she is alive and was still releasing her books. Tolkien, to put it simply, changed the game with LOTR. There is just so much more imagination and creativity in him than in Rowling. But on top of all that, HE MADE UP A COMPLETE LANGUAGE for the LOTR universe. Tolkien will always be the one people refer to for adventure.

I apologize but even if you don't like him, if you don't admit he's the greatest author ever you're stupid. Tolkein isn't my favorite author (that would be Christopher Paolini) but for him not to be number one is seriously a crime against literature. I challenge anyone who disagrees to find me an author who created such an expansive, detailed and developed world. - maverick88

Rowling may be a good author, but Tolkien is a true story teller. He went beyond the physical realm and dealt with core human issues in his books. His struggle between good and evil has captivated millions of readers over the years

You here his name and you can't help but listen. He is the greatest ever in my opinion and no one will ever stand up to him. He paved the path for Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. I doubt any of those series would exist today without his books.

My family are a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, but personally, I'm not a big fan of The Hobbit, one of my family's favorites. I prefer things like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Still, from what I've read from J. R. R. Tolkien, he truly is a wonderful and talented author.

Great author, a true literary genius. He created a whole universe with a history from scratch and whole languages. His writing style is amazing and is definitely the best author of all time.

How is he not #1! His books are the best, and so original! Compared to his books, the stories of King and Rowling have the depth of a puddle while his world is the Atlantic ocean. He made whole new languages for his books!

I am surprised he is not number 1. This man literally created an universe with endless content and endless depth. The feeling of courage, sadness and sorrow and yet hope pour into hearts of readers from his works.

The best book I've ever read is the Lord of the Rings..

Thank you J.R.R. Tolkien for my role-model, Gandalf the Grey. To quote,"Never give up on something you can't stop thinking about."-Gandalf the Grey. My childhood was because of you!

No writer has ever managed to create such a magnificent, detailed history as Tolkien, neither before nor since. His books, not just the trilogy, encompass an entire mythological world that is so beautifully intricate that nothing, not Rowling, not C.S Lewis, and certainly not George R.R. Martin could ever compete with.