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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- ) felt compelled to draw illustrations for The Lord of the Rings in the 70s and sent them to Tolkien himself. He noted her style was quite similar to his own. Her drawings were used as a basis for the illustrations in the Danish translation of the books.

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.

1 out of every 160 New Zealanders was part of the production of The Lord of the Rings films.

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


1 comment:

  1. "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" on watch32 is the third and final installment of Peter Jackson's adaptations of Tolkien's famous fantasy novels. Once again the makers of the film have taken care with the costumes, sets, scenery, models, CGI effects and Howard Shore's epic score to create a convincing depiction of Middle Earth.
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    Once again the cast delivers expert performances. John Noble joins the cast as Denethor and effectively makes him into a despicable and repugnant character. Three of the performances in the film were particularly memorable for me. Bernard Hill once again brings authority to the role of King Theoden and his inspiring presence on the battlefield left me in awe. Miranda Otto brings strength to the role of Eowyn and makes the character's best moments unforgettable. Ian McKellen once again brought his commanding presence as Gandalf to bear as he tried desperately to hold everything together.
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    This film follows the familiar format of the first two films in taking Tolkien's work and streamlining it to create a well-paced film. The famous battle at Minas Tirith is on an unprecedented scale and the best fantasy battle ever filmed. As with the first two films, I found the added scenes for the extended addition interesting, but they didn't add much above and beyond the already great theatre cut.