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01/03/2014 11:53 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:52 EST

J. R. R. Tolkien Could Teach Us A Thing Or Two About Style (PHOTOS)

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2nd December 1955: British writer J R R Tolkien (1892 - 1973), enjoying a pipe in his study at Merton College, Oxford, where he is a Fellow. Original Publication: Picture Post - 8464 - Professor J R R Tolkien - unpub. (Photo by Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Getty Images)

If J. R. R. Tolkien were still alive, the poet and "The Lord of the Rings" creator would have turned 122 years old on January 3.

Although the Brit died on Sept. 2, 1973, at the ripe age of 81, there are still many valuable lessons we can learn from "The Hobbit" author.

For one, elves and dwarves can in fact co-exist in Middle Earth without killing each other and hobbits are surprisingly hardy when you least expect it (cue Samwise Gamgee carrying Frodo up Mount Doom).

But in all seriousness, we at HuffPost Style love looking into the past to see what our ancestors were wearing in their day and how we can apply their unique style into our wardrobe.

Even though Tolkien is obviously well-known for the best-selling novels which in turn have become blockbuster movies ("The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is still No. 1 at the box office), the writer was also a fabulously, if natty, dresser.

From oversized tweed suits to fashion-forward round specs, the former Oxford professor was the epitome of classic upper crust style.

His creative imagination also lent itself to the wardrobe of his fictional characters: Aragorn, Galadriel, Gandalf et al. who wore fantastic costumes that still make us gasp in wonder today.

So, to honour the late author's birthday, we take a look at the best style moments of the man himself and those of his characters.

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