Two great authors
The Oxford University scholar was a professor in English Language and Literature as well as Anglo-Saxon. He was an expert in word origins, mythology and languages including Old English, Old Norse and Finnish. He had learned to read by the age of four and by age six could already write fluently and was learning Latin. He delighted in inventing his own languages, such as Elvish, Dwarvish and the dark tongue of evil Mordor. Orphaned at age 12, he and his little brother were taken in by the local Catholic priest, Father Francis Xavier Morgan, who got young Tolkien into the exclusive King Edward's School, then Exeter College at Oxford.