“The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien was born in London in 1897. In Oxford, England, he was born and passed away in Wellington, New Zealand. Even Tolkien, who served in the British Expeditionary Force’s 11th Battalion during World Combat I as a Second Lieutenant, is a war veteran.
Among the horrifying battles he observed were those at the Somme and the Marne. In the end, his deteriorating health would bring an end to his military career. Lice infested Tolkien’s clothing, resulting in a long-lasting fever, and he was sent home.