John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
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Arnaud Jean-Georges Beltrame (18 April 1973 – 24 March 2018) was a lieutenant colonel in the French Gendarmerie nationale and deputy commander of the Departmental Gendarmerie’s Aude unit. Beltrame was killed by a terrorist at Trèbes after having exchanged himself for a hostage. Arnaud Beltrame was known as a devout Catholic and devoted police officer. For his bravery and adherence to duty he was posthumously promoted to colonel and made a Commander of the Legion of Honour.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe (1894 – 1941) was a Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar who was sent to Auschwitz for hiding Jews during the Second World War. When the Nazi guards selected 10 people to be starved to death in punishment, Kolbe volunteered to die in place of a stranger. He was later canonised as a martyr. (source:biography online)