When and where was J.R.R. Tolkien born?

J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein.

Orange Free State flag

Orange Free State flag

Bloemfontein was then part of the Orange Free State, an independent Boer sovereign republic under British suzerainty in Southern Africa during the second half of the 19th century.

Today it is part of the South African province Free State and its capital as well as the juidicial capital of South Africa.

Links of interest

1899 map of Bloemfontein.

Photo of Maitland Street; Tolkien was born in Bank House, Maitland Street.

The Hobbit Guesthouse/ Boutique Hotel holds the gedenkplaak/ blue plaque commemorating Tolkien’s birthplace.

Marcel Aubron-Bülles

A Tolkien fan for twenty-five years (and more to come...) Founding chairman of the German Tolkien Society, Co-Founder of Ring*Con, Co-Founder of the ITF, host, presenter and fantasy expert