J. R. R. Tolkien Net Worth

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Net Worth

Real Name: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
Date of Birth: 01/03/1892
Place of Birth: Free State Providence, South Africa

2017 Net Worth: $500 Million
2016 Earnings:

Profession: Author, Poet, University Professor

J.R.R. Tolkien Biography


John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born to an English bank manager, who was working in South Africa and his wife in January of 1892.  His family left his father behind on a visit to England when Tolkien was only 3, and his father died of rheumatic fever before they could return. Tolkien then went to live with his maternal grandparents near Birmingham. He enjoyed exploring neighboring villages and these were later inspirations for his books. Tolkien worked with the Oxford English Dictionary and became a professor at the University of Leeds, later teaching at Merton College, Oxford, until he retired in his late 50’s.

Tolkien is best known for his books, The Hobbit  and the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, which are the books that have earned him his largest profits. It took Tolkien almost 20 years to get his book The Lord of the Rings, published. Tolkien has written dozens of books in his lifetime, which his son Christopher, currently owns the rights to. Christopher has published some of his father’s books after his death, taking Tolkien’s notes and short stories and putting them together to create the complete story of the Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit.

Tolkien is considered to be the father of modern high fantasy and Time magazine has listed him as the 6th greatest British writers since 1945. Forbes lists Tolkien on its list of Top Earning Dead Celebrities, since several of his books have been published after his death, including The Silmarillion. Although Tolkien died in Dorset, England when he was 81 years of age, his estate continues to earn money through his writings and the movies that have been produced from his books. Tolkien has a net worth of $500 million at this time, which is sure to increase if his son continues to find unpublished books in the future.

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