This day in 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, to Mable Suffield and Arthur Reuel Tolkien. His father’s name would be the name J.R.R. would become famous under some 60 years later, but his heart was in the ancestral home of the Suffield’s in England’s West Midlands. Mabel and Belladonna Took surely bear some resemblance, and so do the Tolkien’s and the Baggins’, but John Ronald’s sub-creation grew out of the leaf mold of much more than ‘mere biography’.
For John Ronald, the Road started in a windy, dusty yet strangely beautiful foreign country, far away from what would become the home of his heart. It ended in the heart of Oxford, seventy-some years later. And in between, something wonderful grew. Read his Mythopoeia poem to peek behind the scenes.
And for us, the Road still goes on, from the Door where it began to wherever our feet, willing or weary, will eventually lead us.
Happy Birthday, dear John Ronald. And Thank You. You have given us so much…