Is this the original "One Ring" that inspired Tolkien's tales?
Middle-earth has never looked so sharp!
Wanna read a new edition of the very first biography on Lord of the Rings creator J. R. R. Tolkien, for free? Too bad.
Though it only cameos in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the One Ring is the catalyst that sets off the entire saga of Lord of the Rings. Want to follow the saga from the ring’s perspective?
I've been asked to list the top ten science fiction books that inspired my work. That's a tough assignment, particularly because I didn't read contemporary science fiction until I took a science fiction class at the university and first read The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Leguin.
This holiday season happens to coincide with a very special event for Middle-earth fans: the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first film in a new trilogy from director Peter Jackson starring characters and lands created by J.R.R. Tolkien, arguably the greatest fantasy author of all time.
If we know nothing else about J. R. R. Tolkien's freaky creation Gollum, we know that he really, really loves two things: his "Precious" One Ring and raw, wriggling fish. The latter is pretty much all he eats, but did you ever wonder just how many fish he needs to survive? One physicist did, and he took the trouble to do the math.
We've known for years that Sean Connery was offered the role of Gandalf in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, but turned the role down because he didn't understand the story. What we didn't know until now was that Connery could have earned big, big money for the role, money that puts the earnings of many stars half his age to shame.
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.
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.