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Star Chart for John Ronald Reuel Tolkien,
born January, 3 1892 10:00 PM in Bloemfontein

Sun 12 Capricorn 59', Moon 0 Pisces 47', ASC 6 Virgo 00
Neptune 6 Gemini 45' and Pluto 7 Gemini 15' conjunct Midheaven 14 Gemini 22'

VIP sextile for authors: Mercury 0 Capricorn 05' sextile Luna @ 0 Pisces 47'

Born: 3 Jan 1892
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
Path = 6
Sun Sign Capricorn
Bloemfontein, (Capital of Orange Free State, part of what is now) South Africa
Pivot Year
1 Jan 1913
Mars 0 Sagittarius
Engagement to
Edith Mary Bratt Jan 1913
Personal 9 Year
victory, collective consciousness, closure
The Philosopher "The Professor"
Birmingham; Edith converted to Catholicism at Tolkien's insistence [consistent with '9' theme]; also in 1913: Honours Moderations exams. He wrote, "From the many-willow'd margin of the immemorial Thames", published in, The Stapeldon Magazine, Oxford, vol. 4, no. 20 (December 1913); it is signed "J."
[1978 = 25 = 7 + root#4 = 11
Personal Year]
Personal 6 Year The Hobbit, first edition London 1937, fourth edition London: George Allen & Unwin, 1978
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1978.
[1966 = 22 + root#4 = 8
Personal Year]
Personal 6 Year III. The Return of the King, first edition London: George Allen & Unwin 1955, second edition 1966
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1956, second edition, 1967.
Personal 6 Year The Lord of the Rings American paperback edition was published. Check short list of Personal Transition Years
Died: 2 September 1973 Personal 24/6 Year Cause: pneumonia complicated by a gastric ulcer, Bournemouth, Great Britain


In an article entitled "The Battle of the Books" printed in the Wall Street Journal, Brian Carney contributes an interesting comment about Tolkien's classic Capricornian sense of rule-alignment [perhaps an unconscious association with his name.]

"Tolkien is doubtful of man's ability to resist the temptation of absolute power. That is one of the great themes of the book. In Tolkien's world the temptation of evil is one that all, or nearly all, of his characters must confront. The argument of Tolkien's tale -- controversial, to be sure -- is that, while intentions matter, the way we act is far more important than why we act. His story, for all its narrative brio, presents a serious rebuttal to the idea that good ends justify using evil means."

Matthew Dickerson (Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings) concentrates his focus on the moral dimensions of The Lord of The Rings, and the idea of free will. He argues that Tolkien's interest is in showing that moral victory is more important than military victory and that the novel's greatest heroes are those who remain true to the bent of their nature, not those who win battles.


there and back again and the party in the shire
Your Elf
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Tolkien... a veteran of the Somme, might well have
found it easy to generalize his experience. In his
lifetime, European societies learned the hard way that
while victory was by no means inevitable, the price you
paid was. -Tom Shippey


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