Friday, July 29, 2016

J.R.R. Tolkien Enters The World Of Celebrity

For fantasy fiction fans this day in 1954 has great significance.  It is the day  that J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring first appeared on store shelves in the United Kingdom. Today, a used copy of that first edition with its original dust jacket would fetch an owner at least $6500. I doubt that sum would matter much to true fans. To them the words within are priceless.

In lieu of a typical biography here is a short about the author's life and his creation of Middle Earth. The film comes from the Behind the Scenes series issued in the special edition video package of director Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Tolkien died in 1973. It would take another generation before a cinematic version of his great work would or perhaps could appear. In the interim his imagination gave new energy to a full range of fiction writers. His is a rich legacy and one that will be enjoyed and expanded in the years head.



Text:, J.R.R.Tolkien

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