Now where do we begin? J.R.R Tolkien (1892-1973) was one of the most influential fantasy writers of the modern age. However, even the most influential souls in history were greatly influenced by something in their own lifetimes. For example, what could have ve possibly been major influences for Tolkien that was reflected in his famous works, notably The Hobbit?
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3rd, in Broemfontien, Orange Free State (now South Africa), where he spent his early years. Within these years, he happened to have been bitten by a venomous Baboon Spider. This painful experience for the unfortunate lad happened to have been the inspiration for him to feature giant spiders in his writings, such as the spiders that Bilbo Baggins faced while trekking through Mirkwood and Shelob. Following the event Dr. Thorton S. Quimby, cared for the sick Tolkien. There are rumors that this person was the inspiration for Tolkien's characters like Gandalf.
At the age of three,