"Peter Jackson took quite a challenge when he began production of The Lord Of The Rings films. But with an open attitude, a strong cast that includes Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett, and ideal locations in his native New Zealand, things are looking promising for Fellowship Of The Ring and its sequels."
Salon readers respond to Andrew O'Hehir on the greatness of "The Lord of the Rings" following his article A Curiously Very Great Book. To read the responses, CLICK HERE.
"In 1961, five years after publication of the final volume in John Ronald Reuel Tolkien's three-part fantasy epic, The Lord of the Rings, the formidable English literary critic Philip Toynbee announced with great relief that popular enthusiasm for Tolkien was now thoroughly tapped out and his works were finally on their way to 'merciful oblivion.' Nice call, Phil."
Why do you call Tolkien "author of the century"? Two reasons: First, he has consistently won what you might call the popular vote, in readers' polls for their favorite book or the one they've found most influential.
A review of the new book from Tom Shippey. This book has caused a stir among the Keepers of Literary Orthodoxy.
Although its popularity is unparalleled, intellectuals still question the literary stature of The Lord of the Rings. Now, one scholar defends it as a modern masterpiece. Second of two parts.
Although its popularity is unparalleled, intellectuals dismiss The Lord of the Rings as boyish fantasy. Now one scholar defends J.R.R. Tolkien's "true myth" as a modern masterpiece. First of two parts.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 420 W. 47th St., Kansas City, KS is sponsoring The Hobbit Book Club for children ages 10 to 14. The club will spend the summer reading about a chapter a week of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic. For information or to sign up, call (816) 561-4114.
Xenite.org called our attention to this news item announcing that Vivendi Universal, which bought Havas Interactive, the owner of Sierra On-Line, which is publishing a series of Tolkien-inspired console games, has announced plans to buy Houghton Mifflin, which is JRR Tolkien's US publisher.
SFBookcase has listed all of the reader recommended sf and fantasy authors, sorted by the number of recommendations they have been given by the readers. Guess who tops the list? To add your vote, CLICK HERE.
"Vivendi Universal of France is in preliminary talks to acquire Houghton Mifflin, the venerable United States publishing house, people close to the discussions said yesterday."
When it comes to the fantasy novels of J.R.R. Tolkien, it is true that critics either love the books or hate them. As the film debut of The Fellowship of the Ring approaches, The American Prospect discuss whether J.R.R. Tolkien is worthy of inclusion in the literary canon.
Entertainment Weekly attended a top-secret twenty-minute screening of Lord of the Rings preview footage in New York.
"We will look first at Tolkien's biography, his writing life, the origins of the stories, and their publication history. We'll continue with lessons on each book, concentrating on Tolkien's construction of a mythological world and its peoples and languages, his characters and their development, and thematic concerns. Finally, we'll look at Tolkien's lasting influence on 20th-Century fantasy literature, as well as on cultural movements such as neo-paganism and Green concerns." For more information, CLICK HERE.