J.R.R. Tolkien was rejected a Nobel Prize for poor storytelling?

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Tolkien, his brother and their mother traveled around England, where he was inspired to write the LOTR series by his aunt’s farm, Bag End.

J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, the third best-selling book of all time. The first book, The Fellowship of the Ring, has sold 150 million copies. The series has had three feature film adaptations. By user ratings, the films rank 10th, 15th, and 7th on IMDb’s list of Top Rated Movies of All Time. With the first film ranking 10th, the second at 15th and the third at 7th. 

J.RR Tolkien was rejected a Nobel Prize in Literature for poor storytelling in 1961, because his The Lord Of the Rings trilogy was considered mediocre by the prize jury. According to the jury, “The result has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality.”

Tolkien was nominated for the award by fellow author C.S. Lewis (famous for writing the Chronicles of Narnia). However, in the end, Tolkien was snubbed. Instead, the award was given to Ivo Andric “for the epic force with which he has traced themes and depicted human destinies drawn from the history of his country.”