J.R.R. Tolkien Net Worth, Age, Career, & Biography

J.R.R. Tolkien Net Worth, Age, Career, & Biography
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Biography

J.R.R Tolkien was a famous fantasy novelist who earned millions from his writing. In London, The Time newspaper ranked J.R.R Tolkien among the 50 best authors of 1945 and considered him the father of the modern fantasy generation. 

He was born on 3 January 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Tolkien was 81 years old, and his Zodiac sign was Capricorn. At the same time, he was an Author, Poet, Writer, and philologist. Through his fantasy religious writing, he took place in the heart of the readers. 

Tolkien created his fantasy world in his writing and imbued it with reality. In fact, the well-known “The Hobbit” is such a rise of high fantasy writing by Tolkien.

Basic Info 

J.R.R. Tolkien was a well-known writer and scholar. His full name is John Ronald Reuel Tolkein. He came from a poor but decent family. Unfortunately, he lost his father at a very early age. After his father’s death, his mother, Mabel Tolkien, left Bloemfontein with him and his brother. They started living in Birmingham, England. 

Tolkien could fluently read and write when he was only four. His mother inspired him to read a lot of books. The story of Red Indians, Fairy books,  and Fantasy Of works were his favorite storybooks. After taking influence from those story books, he promoted his writing significantly in his later writing.  

When Tolkien was 12, his mother died of acute diabetes. Before her death, Mabel had assigned her son’s guardianship to her close friend Father Francis. And Father Francis raised them as good Catholics. He taught them a good lesson about charity and forgiveness. In later life, that makes them excellent human beings. 

At a young age, Tolkien liked to draw trees and landscapes. He was also interested in making languages and had a good command of the Latin language. An exciting aspect of Tolkien was that he considered himself a Hobbit as his tastes matched with Hobbit. As a result, Tolkien loved nature and ate fresh mushrooms and vegetables. 

After a few years, Tolkien fell in love with an orphan lady, Edith Bratt, who was three years senior to Tolkien. His guardians disapproved of the relationship due to age issues. But, Edith Bratt would inspire his fictional character, ”Luthien Tinuviel”. When Tolkien was 19, they were married. 

Personal profile 

Let’s have a look at J.R.R Tolkien’s personal details

Real Name/Full NameJohn Ronald Reuel Tolkien
Date of Birth3 January 1892 
Age81 Years
Birth Place            Bloemfontein, South Africa
Height1.74 m
Weight65 kg
Zodiac SignCapricorn
Marital Statusmarried
ProfessionAuthor, Writer, poet, Philogist, professor, Fellow
Net Worth$50 million


Tolkiens grew up in Birmingham and started his primary education at King Edward’s school. Then, he went to Exeter College and got a first-class degree in Anglo -Saxon, and Germanic languages. He is an absolute genius in English as he has done his masters in it.

Institute Degree
King Edward’s School, BirminghamO Level
Exeter College, Oxford, BirminghamB. A
Exeter College, Oxford, BirminghamM.A


As his first job, Tolkien was Lexicographer in the English dictionary. He had to help draft the Oxford English Dictionary. At that time, Tolkien wrote ” A middle English Vocabulary”. During the 2nd World War, He served in the British Army for a short time. 

In 192o, Tolkien joined the University of Leeds as an English language and literature professor. He served there till 1925 and entered Oxford University in the same year. Most of the time, he was busy with his lectures and writing. Besides, he was an examiner for other universities. 

Despite being busy with different activities, he always engaged himself with writing. He produced some influential scholarly publications. In 1926, Tolkien translated ”Beowulf,” and it was published after his death in 2014.  In 1959, The novelist retired from his academic duties and started writing to fulfill his own dreams & fantasies. 

During his service in Oxford, Tolkien often wrote notes in his student’s exam books. He mentioned there about a short creature who came from middle earth and lived in a hole. In this way, he creates a story with Hobbit and the storyline makes readers more curious about it.  

In 1936, George Allen and Unwin’s firm showed interest in publishing the Hobbit story. Finally, “The Hobbit” was published in 1937 and gained tremendous popularity as the book is considered a children’s book.  

“The Lord of the Rings” is another masterpiece of Tolkiens, and this is a turning point in Tolkien’s career. Tolkien’s vast knowledge of ”Philology and Folklore” were drawn in the story.

In 2003, famous director Peter Jackson made ”The Return of the King, a Film influenced by the story of ”The Lord of the Rings”. The commercial Film was highly successful then and got 11 Academy Awards. 

On the whole, Tolkien achieved name and fame with his book ”The Hobbit” and his richly inventive book” The Lord Of The Rings”. Tolkien’s storybooks introduced a new realm of knowledge with high fantasy. 


Tolkien suffered from a severe bleeding ulcer and chest pain for  21 months. After that,  he breathed his last on September 2, 1973, at 81. The fantasy writer’s life ended with his death.

Last but not least, Tolkien got so many Awards after his death. For instance, the Gandalf Award for Book Length Fantasy (1978), the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award (2009), the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (2002), and the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry (2013).

Net Worth 

J.R.R. Tolkien was a writer, author, and philologist. Again, he was a professor of Anglo-Saxon and a Fellow of Pembroke college. Therefore, he had various sources of income and estimated net worth was $50 million at the time of his death. 

Since his death, his heirs have earned over $500 million from his various income sources. Actually, his heirs are getting revenue from movie tickets, merchandise, DVDs, etc.

Net Worth$50 million
Income SourceWriting