J.R.R. Tolkien is definitely one of my favourite authors. But how much do we know about him. Jason Todd has written an article on this for Relevant Magazine.
“I am not specially interested in children, and certainly not in writing for them: i.e. in addressing directly and expressly those who cannot understand adult language,” he wrote in a letter. The Hobbit reads like a children’s story because Tolkien had children of his own and was in the regular habit of making up stories for them. Nevertheless, he did not believe in writing down to anyone, especially to children. He took them seriously, even if they were not his main audience.
You can find the full article here.