"Just as Tolkien's publisher is bracing for his hottest year ever, 28 years after the author's death -- so are the publishers of Tolkien's friends, who dubbed their literary circle the Inklings..."
In addition to its weekly Bestseller List, Book Sense announces this month's special category list -- Science Fiction & Fantasy -- based on the previous month's sales in this important independent bookstore category. Dominating the list is The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. These are perennial favorites, but the upcoming movie has sparked increased interest. To see the complete list, CLICK HERE.
Lord of the Rings publisher Houghton Mifflin cited its tolerance of the parody Bored of the Rings in defense of its own parody The Wind Done Gone, over which Gone With The Wind writer Margaret Mitchell's trust is filing a lawsuit.
"In 1996, while [Professor Michael] Drout was completing his dissertation on tradition and inheritance in Anglo-Saxon texts, he visited Bodleian Library at Oxford to examine Tolkien's notes for "The Monsters and the Critics." To his surprise, at the bottom of the box of Tolkien's writing, he found not a few pages of notes but over 170 folios... of unpublished material on Beowulf."
Tolkien linguist Helge Kåre Fauskanger has come into possession of copies of two previously unpublished Quenya texts written by J.R.R. Tolkien and is asking fans to help him convince the Tolkien Estate to allow him to publish his sixty-page analysis in a non-profit American Tolkien journal.
Shippey explains Tolkien's popularity and Tolkien comments on the creation of The Hobbit
"Tolkien... revivified ancient ideas - in particular that of courage without hope, which he saw in action in the trenches - because he realised literature had forgotten them."
"I certainly remember him [Tolkien] with the greatest affection as one of the kindliest, most charming and most humane individuals I have ever known."
Christopher Tolkien has said that no study of J.R.R. Tolkien's works can be complete without also looking at his art.
As human beings, we see the nature of reality as though we were looking at it through a misty window.
Cirdan at Der Herr der Ringe reports that HarperCollins announced its list of Tolkien publications for the next year at the Frankfurter Book Fair. HarperCollins has exclusive world rights to publish and license books about the films, and, indeed, several books on the list are about the film production.
Extras on the production of Peter Jackson's upcoming film trilogy The Lord of the Rings disputed New Zealand press accounts that they are unhappy or exploited.
Xenite.org reports that Easton Press has published The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion in a special 5-volume set of leatherbound books.
"The final essay in the book, "Understanding Magic in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth", dispels many of the myths and incomplete notions of how magic worked while leaving room for continued discussion. "