Tolkien was one of the great unheralded conservatives of the 20th century. Oh don't worry, I'm not going to try to score ideological points by saying Tolkien opposed nationalized health care or anything like that (though it is hardly insignificant that one of Tolkien's dearest friends and closest colleagues was C. S. Lewis).
No, Tolkien's conservatism was deeper than even the deepest dwarf-mine in the hills of the
A man after my own heart, Tolkien despised the French, but not for their brie-spined capitulation during World War II or any of the usual reasons (though he hated French food). According to his biographer, Humphrey Carpenter, the Norman invasion of
Now, that's a conservative!