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Monday, 15 February 2016

The Lord of the Rings


J. R. R. Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) wrote The Hobbit and the first two volumes of The Lord Of The Rings while Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford.

Tolkien 1916

The idea for his fantasy novel series first started when J.R.R. Tolkien was grading a bad exam paper and he wrote "hobbit" on one of the areas the student left empty. He came up with the whole first sentence of The Hobbit on this student's exam, writing, "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." Intrigued by the idea, Tolkien decided to dive deeper and created the 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit.

The Lord of the Rings began as a sequel to The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. Written in stages between 1937 and 1949, it was published in three volumes over the course of a year from July 29, 1954 to October 20, 1955. The three volumes were titled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.

Tolkien typed the 1,200-page manuscript of The Lord of the Rings trilogy with two fingers.

The Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II (1940- ), illustrated J.R.R. Tolkien’s Danish edition of The Lord of the Rings.

The first single volume edition of The Lord of the Rings was published in 1968 by George Allen and Unwin, London, for worldwide sale, excepting the United States.

Cover of the first single volume edition of The Lord of the Rings By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, Wikipedia Commons

The Lord of the Rings is the best-selling novel ever written, with over 150 million copies sold.

'The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien' is an anagram of 'Filling three hot trendy books.'

The New Shadow was to be Tolkien's crack at a Lord of The Rings sequel – but he only got to 30 pages before abandoning it.


The Beatles wanted to make a Lord Of The Rings movie before Peter Jackson did, however Tolkien refused to let them.

Peter Jackson's live action The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was released in three installments as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

All three parts won multiple Academy Awards, including consecutive Best Picture nominations. The final installment of this trilogy was the second film to break the one-billion-dollar barrier and on February 29, 2004 it won a total of 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

More wigs were made for Peter Jackson's The Two Towers than for any other film in history.

In order to explore and exploit economic benefits from The Lord of the Rings movies, New Zealand's government appointed a "Minister of Lord of the Rings" to their cabinet.

Elijah Wood created his Lord of the Rings Frodo audition tape in his backyard with a homemade Hobbit costume.

Christopher Lee, who played Saruman, actually met J.R.R. Tolkien and was the only cast member to do so before Tolkien's death. In a 2003 interview with Cinefantastique, Lee explained how he was in Oxford at a pub called The Eagle and Child and "quite by chance" one of his friends recognized Professor Tolkien.

In the entire Lord of the Rings film trilogy, no two female characters ever speak to each other.


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