J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
`Never did [Tolkien] write a more sustained account of battle.
With dragons and fiery balrogs galore, the attack on Gondolin makes
Peter Jackson's souped-up cinema battles look like tabletop
`The text is rife with references to characters and creatures
that come to play a role in The Lord of the Rings... one passage in
particular seems to set up one of the most famous scenes from the
`It's a load-bearing pillar in the grander narrative that
eventually came to encompass better-known works. Tolkien explicitly
expressed his wish later in life that the three Great Tales of
Middle-earth's early days - The Children of Hurin, Beren and
Luthien, and The Fall of Gondolin - along with The Lord of the
Rings and other writings, should be considered as "one long Saga of
the Jewels and the Rings".'