A new survey suggests there has been a huge recent increase in the number of parents reading stories to their children.
Last Friday, the first edition of Tolkien's "The Hobbit" from 1937 fetched 43,020 pounds (dlrs 66,630) at a Sotheby's action in London. The book was inscribed by the author to his aunt, having been signed within two weeks of publication. Sotheby's said it was the highest price ever paid at an auction for a copy of a Tolkien classic.
A remarkable first edition of JRR Tolkien's novel The Hobbit, inscribed by the author and thought to be the only copy from the family likely to be offered at auction, will be sold by Sotheby's on July 12.
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A FAMILY first edition copy of J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit, presented to his favourite aunt who lived in Worcestershire could go under the hammer for a record £50,000.
"Stephanie Simmons talks about J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth with the same casual expertise you'd expect of someone who has spent quality time with hobbits, elves and shadowy magicians..."
Although director Peter Jackson has promised an expanded DVD release of "The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring," his most important work on the project may remain under wraps.
An interesting quote from Jon Andriessen, who works for the Guardian Unlimited regarding Tolkien's diaries. Humphrey Carpenter dusted off his 25-year-old biography of JRR Tolkien in a topical celebration of the man behind the hobbits. He revealed that Tolkien had kept his diaries in Elvish. With the help of his wife, Carpenter eventually decoded them on the discovery of the phrase, "I gave up smoking for Lent."
Houghton Mifflin still receives mail addressed to Tolkien.
"During a discussion I recently had with a Tolkien fan, he informed me that we are all like Gollum, selfish and prone to evil. I think he missed Tolkiens message in LOTR. Certainly we are all tempted by evil, but the moment Tolkien introduced us to Samwise Gamgee he was saying quite the opposite..."
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Howard Shore and Christopher Lee were all in Barnes and Noble in New York, today, for a book signing and discussion. Find out what Peter & Co. had to say. Thanks to "Arien Tilion" from Imladris.net for this info!
"Yet both Tolkien, who published his epic fantasy in the aftermath of World War II, and J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, are writing within an epic tradition that stretches back to ancient Greece."
The British Library is displaying a trove of Rings' memorabilia, including the first illustrated edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and rare first edition copies of The Hobbit.
Rayner Unwin, J.R.R. Tolkien's publisher, talks about his discovery of The Hobbit