Via tor.com, Emily Asher-Perrin writes: J. R. R. Tolkien Went into the West, but Gave Us Middle-earth
It’s January 3, which means that on this day, in 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born…. It denotes a particular status as a writer to have your name instantly associated with an entire genre, and indeed, it is impossible to call up the names of science fiction and fantasy authors and not include Tolkien. He intended with his works to create stories that entered our mythic consciousness, a feat that he accomplished in every sense.
I do think it’s odd to consider how many people probably think of the movies before the books. Still, whether you came to Tolkien via one or the other, you could do worse than check out Shippey’s book:
Because in reading this, you will certainly find *even more* to admire about Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings.