John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born born on January 3, 1892 in South Africa. And, of course, he went on to become a beloved writer, poet, and Oxford professor. To celebrate, here’s is an audio clip of the old boy himself reading the Ring Verse (“One ring to rule them all…”) from The Fellowship of the Ring.
I am a little sad, though, because I just realized that Tolkien’s eleventy-first birthday was in 2003. That would have been a good one to celebrate.