J. R. R. Tolkien's verse
|J. R. R. Tolkien
|Tolkien began writing what would become his legendarium in 1916, inspired by languages especially to the Finnish language he was creating. Early works included The Book of Lost Tales. Between 1917-20 he wrote many of the core stories and strands that would interconnected in later works, like the tale of Beren and Lúthien. The 1930s saw development of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales. Many concepts we know evolved in this period, like Elves, Valar, hobbits. The Hobbit was published in 21 September 1937 introducing the world to hobbits and Middle-earth. It was only meant as a standalone children's story. In the late 1930s Tolkien started writing a sequel about the One Ring, which grew into The Lord of the Rings between 1937-49. The Lord of the Rings was published July 29 1954-55 and became a massive success, defining Tolkien's legendarium for many. Tolkien spent the rest of his life revising The Silmarillion for publication, but it was compiled and edited by son christopher Tolkien after Tolkien's 1973 death. Other unpublished works like The History of Middle-earth were released 1980s-90s, providing more context around the Tolkien legendarium's development.Today, the Tolkien legendarium is one of the most influential works of fantasy literature ever created, spanning books, films, games, and other media.