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J.R.R. Tolkien
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.78

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     challenging words:    hobbits, teaching, scholarship, tragedy, imagine, writing, sequel, better, marriage, education, death, attend, title, lord, elementary, wealth
     content words:    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, South Africa, When Ronald, In December, Oxford University, In March, Edith Bratt, In June, World War I., Lost Tales


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J.R.R. Tolkien
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     Imagine a hole in the side of a warm, sunny bank of earth. It's not just any hole, but a hole with a round door and a knob right in the middle. This is the home of a hobbit.
 
2     John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa on January 3, 1892. His parents were British immigrants who moved there hoping for a better life. When Ronald was three, his mother took him and his brother Hilary back to England to visit family. While they were away, his father died in South Africa, and they never went back.
 
3     Ronald's mother had very little money, but she did not let that stop her from getting the best possible education for her boys. She taught Ronald to read by the time he was four. Then she went on to teach him Latin and French. He found that he loved words. By the time he was seven years old, he was writing his own stories.

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