1973 – death of J. R. R. Tolkien, South African-English philologist and poet
. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE FRSL (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit
, The Lord of the Rings
, and The Silmarillion
. In 2008, The Times
ranked him sixth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". Forbes
ranked him the 5th top-earning "dead celebrity" in 2009.