Review of J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century in The State Journal-Register of Springfield, Illinois, USA.
"Don't confuse the newly released DVD version of The Lord Of The Rings with the movie trilogy set to launch in December. The DVD, out Sept. 11 from Warner Home Video, is the 1978 animated version by Ralph Bakshi -- and it's an unwatchable travesty." To read more, CLICK HERE.
"Just imagine it: Life without hobbits, elves, wizards and all the other wondrous folk that people Middle-earth, the magical world created by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings..."
"Even the blurriest spy photos were valuable in those days, when Jackson's shoot had just begun, but Bass recognized that Grindlay's image was something special. Avid Tolkien readers know LOTR the way preachers know the Bible, and nowhere in the Oxford don's dense and detailed 1,200-page trilogy is there any mention of a spiked wheel."
Can’t tell a hobbit from an elf? Never been to Middle-earth? Never heard of Middle-earth? Fear not. Here’s a quick primer on a few things you wanted to know (or were too afraid to know) about J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.
The elegant building, reminiscent of an English Tudor manor, is an appropriate enough place to learn about the works of English writer C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
"Who will read 423 pages about an unfinished journey undertaken by mythical creatures with confusing names?" worried Houghton Mifflin editor Anne Barrett about an early manuscript of The Fellowship of the Ring in 1953. "Probably no one, but I still say it is wonderful and - with my heart in my mouth - [worthy] to publish." Such a quaint display of nerves to look back on, given Mifflin's recent celebration of the seventh printing of The Lord of the Rings, the one-volume movie tie-in edition for the upcoming New Line Cinema film. With a million copies now in print, and the first of the three films still months away, readers are ringing in a Tolkien resurgence.
Behold, the Lord of the Rings trailer with the Gladiator soundtrack! That's the latest of several fan-made trailers appearing on IFILM.com. To see them all, CLICK HERE.
Bob Wietrak, a sales executive at Barnes & Noble, sees the fall book season as the story of the "Four T's": Tiger, Twain, Theodore and Tolkien. "These are the kinds of books that bring the customers into the store," said Wietrak. "They bring the gift buyer in. They create excitement about books in general." Lord of the Rings has been a best seller for months and promises to rise even higher with the film version due out in December. To read about the other three "T's", CLICK HERE.
TolkienLover sent us this link to a review of a new edition of Karen Wynn Fonstad's The Atlas of Middle-Earth. To read about this "definitive guide" through Middle-earth, CLICK HERE.
If Tolkien's enduring popularity in his home country is anything to go on, the elves, orcs and wizards that inhabit Tolkien's Middle-earth should hold their own against Harry Potter.
"Houghton Mifflin has been J.R.R. Tolkien's U.S. publisher since the beginning, with the first U.S. publication of The Hobbit in 1938, and Tolkien's work is one of the crown jewels of our publishing program. We have published every book by the author, including children's stories, poems, and scholarly essays. "