"Fantasy worlds of good and evil, black and white, provide a balance lacking in life. Hence our insatiable appetite for Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, et al," says Verlyn Flieger.
Vivendi Universal announced today that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Company, the U.S. publisher of The Lord of the Rings.
"A generation gone potty for Potter is beginning to take up with Tolkien, and if the upcoming movie version of Lord of the Rings lives up to the hype, the number of young Tolkien readers could turn into an avalanche."
A review of Michael Coren's book J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings.
I just got word from Houghton Mifflin that they are going back to the press for another 300,000 copies of the Movie edition of The Lord of the Rings, which will bring the totals up to 800,000 in print for that edition.
To the inevitable question - Can this Rings trilogy really rival Star Wars as the most popular film series in history? - the answer could very much be a big yes.
Herr der Ringe posted these this new cover art from Houghton Mifflin's official Lord of the Rings trilogy books.
The Lord of the Rings hits theaters in December, but Americans want Middle-earth now.
The acceptance of these shares in the tender offer results in Vivendi Universal's ownership of approximately 90% of the shares of Houghton Mifflin, which publishes an extensive line of reference works and fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers, including The Lord of the Rings.
"Shippey, now a professor at St. Louis University, taught at Oxford with Tolkien. To put it mildly - he's a fan. While it's mostly a bracing book, there are sections on word derivations that are an insomniac's best friend. But in a year when the movie version of The Lord of the Rings will fire the imaginations of filmgoers worldwide during the holiday season, Tolkien - who he was, what he did and how he did it - bears some thinking about."
Ralph Bakshi, director of the animated version of The Lord of the Rings, recently spoke to The Onion A.V. Club about the films' history, why some of his own work horrifies him, and why Hollywood is hell.
"The movie isn't out until December, but all it took was 90 seconds of coming attractions, new book covers and some help from Harry Potter, and sales of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings are soaring."
"The Lord of the Rings, due out in time to be a moviegoer's Christmas present, could well be the movie of the year. But J.R.R. Tolkien, "author of the century"? That provocative claim is not just a publisher's book-jacket puffery but the argument of T. A. Shippey in this authoritative - and timely - critical study of Tolkien's masterwork."
Houghton Mifflin has gone back to press for an additional 100,000 copies of the single-volume The Lord of the Rings Movie Tie-in Edition less than three weeks after the book's official publication date. The company said in a press release that the in-print total for the book has reached 350,000 even though the movie version of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is not due out for another six months, on Dec. 19.
"No one knows better than Ralph Bakshi what Peter Jackson and his crew are going through in trying to bring J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings to the big screen. Bakshi's animated version of the epic fantasy came out in late 1978, and though it's been almost 23 years, he still feels inextricably connected to it."