With the eagerly anticipated return to Middle-earth just a few weeks away, some intriguing new pics from the first installment of The Hobbit have leaked out. Want your best look yet at the Misty Mountain goblins?
After almost a decade of down time, J.R.R. Tolkien's world of Middle-earth is coming back to the big screen, and the latest trailer for The Hobbit shows off all the Lord of the Rings-esque action we've been missing.
Since its publication 75 years ago, The Hobbit has sold roughly 100 million copies (a number that's likely to shoot even higher with a movie on the way). Its author, J. R. R. Tolkien, is now a revered and legendary figure in the world of fantasy literature. But back when the novel was new, Tolkien wasn't very confident about its future, and wasn't afraid to share his concern with fellow authors.
Nearly 40 years after his death, we're still finding new stories from fantasy master J.R.R. Tolkien. Now a new epic from the creator of Middle-earth is heading our way, and this time it's Tolkien's take on King Arthur.
Though most would agree that J.R.R. Tolkien can build worlds with the best of them, opinions can sometimes vary on The Lord of the Rings author's actual writing style. Now we know at least one star of the upcoming Hobbit films is definitely not a fan.
It was on this day 75 years ago that a little children's book about a reluctant Hobbit and his magical adventure first appeared. Today, more than 100 million copies later, The Hobbit is a touchstone of fantasy literature, the acclaimed and beloved beginning of a literary empire that later spawned what many consider the greatest fantasy saga ever written: The Lord of the Rings.
Given that the word fan is a shortened version of fanatic, it's no surprise that tempers can run hot when passionate individuals get to debating the relative merits of J.R.R. Tolkien and his contemporary and friend, C.S. Lewis. And as the police blotter shows, there ain't no fight like a literary fight.
We know and love J. R. R. Tolkien as the author of thousands of pages of Middle-earth lore. But he also wrote letters, and one particularly notable piece of his correspondence is this recently found letter Tolkien wrote to a couple he and his wife met while on holiday in 1963.
You'd think that Lord of the Rings' J.R.R. Tolkien, author of one of the best-selling books in the history of books, would've been a shoo-in when he was nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature back in 1961. But he wasn't—and now, some recently declassified Nobel committee documents show why.
In 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and even created the artwork for its original Unwin & Allen publication, and the upcoming book, The Art of The Hobbit will celebrate the author's artistry. Better yet, it's going to contain an important surprise: two dozen never-before-seen sketches and paintings created by Tolkien.