Earlier this year, J.R.R. Tolkien was at the center of a hot debate—and it had nothing to do with The Hobbit. Have you ever heard of Mirkwood? It's a novel that features the late author as one of its primary characters, and after months of legal wrangling, it's being made into a movie.
"What I did on my summer vacation: First I painted myself to look like an Uruk-hai. Then I strapped myself into some armor. And then I killed some humans and ate their livers." Well, no so much the last part.
Remember that novel we told you about a couple of months ago, the one the J.R.R. Tolkien estate tried to kill? The one that featured J.R.R. Tolkien himself as a fictional character? Looks like you'll be getting a chance to read the book after all.
Can the word "Rivendell" be owned? The J.R.R. Tolkien estate seems to think so, because it recently stopped a Canadian summer camp from going by that name "to preserve the integrity of the Tolkien works."
The Hobbit illustrated by Where the Wild Things Are creator Maurice Sendak? It almost happened, but didn't, and all because J.R.R. Tolkien got miffed, putting a stop to what might have been the greatest edition of The Hobbit ever.
We always knew that if we tried to write and market a novel (as opposed to fanfic) about Bilbo or Frodo or Aragorn, we'd get our heads handed to us by the Tolkien estate. But we never even thought about what would happen if we did the same with a book starring J.R.R. Tolkien himself. One writer just found out.
Both of the following are true: There are always two sides to every story and history is written by the victor. So what's the other side to J.R.R. Tolkien's War of the Rings? A Russian author imagined it in a novel you can now download for free.
Once upon a time, the Fab Four—having slayed the pop charts—decided to set their sights on the Dark Lord Sauron by making a Lord of the Rings feature, starring themselves. One man dared stand in their way: J.R.R. Tolkien.
A recent poll conducted to discover America's favorite writer turned up 10 of the usual suspects—but one name we expected to find at the top of the list turned up missing.
Director Guillermo Del Toro quit The Hobbit movies but will continue to co-write the screenplays with Peter Jackson.