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The  Lord  of  The  Rings
Movies  &  Books

map of West Middle Earth          synopses & history

links

movies I, II & III

The Hobbit

selected other books

other video, other media

J.R.R. Tolkien [1892–1973]

audio & music CDs

J.R.R. Tolkien [1892–1973], beloved throughout the world as the creator of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings",
was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College
until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition,
but even as he studied those classics he was creating a set of his own.


Synopses

"The Hobbit"
"The Fellowship of The Ring"
"The Two Towers"
"Return of The King"
published in July 1954, November 1954, and October 1955

           Days after

History of The Films
           Days after


L i n k s
The J.R.R. Tolkien Estate, Ltd. aka The Tolkien Trust [est. 1977]
Tolkien Society [est. 1969]
J.R.R.T. biography at the Tolkien Society website
J.R.R. Tolkien entry at Wikipedia
J.R.R. Tolkien Category Index at Wikipedia
browse Tolkien Store at Amazonbrowse Tolkien Catalog at Amazon
J.R.R. Tolkien's movie credits [since 1966] at Internet Movie Database

J.R.R. Tolkien [1892-1973] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Michael Martinez's Middle-Earth & J.R.R. Tolkien weblog
Noble Smith's 'Wisdom of The Shire' fansite
Lord of The Rings Fanatics Network [est. 2001]
Tolkien Gateway fan forum [est. 2006]



"The  Lord  of  The  Rings"  Trilogy
The combined "Lord of The Rings" novel trilogy is the number three bestseller worldwide, after "A Tale of Two Cities" [1859] by
Charles Dickens [1812-70] and "The Little Prince" [1943] by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [1900-44]; number four is Tolkien's "The Hobbit".
publisher's booksite
official movies website

browse 'Lord of The Rings' category on DVD at Amazon

trilogy boxed set  "The Lord of The Rings" Trilogy [1954-55]
by J.R.R. Tolkien

listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)
Houghton Mifflin 8½x5½ pb boxed set [9/2003] for $24.50
Houghton Mifflin 9¾x6¼ hardcover boxed set [9/2001] for $44.20
50th Anniversary leather-look box set
Houghton Mifflin 10x6½ slipcover edition [10/2004] for $56.76
Lord of the Rings Reader's Companion  
"The Lord of The Rings: A Reader's Companion" [2005]
by Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull

Houghton Mifflin 9x6 by 2 inches! hardcover [12/2005] for $19.80
Lord of The Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy on Blu-ray disks  "The Lord of The Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy" [2009]
Blu-ray Theatrical Editions

New Line Cinema widescreen color Blu-ray set [4/2010] 9 disks for $59.99
Blu-ray Extended Editions
New Line Cinema widescreen color Blu-ray set [6/2011] 15 disks for $79.99
Lord of The Rings Trilogy box set  "The Lord of The Rings Trilogy" DVD Box Sets
[New Line Cinema/Wingnut Films Dec 2003]

New Line Cinema extended edition DVD set [12/2004] out of prodn/many used
New Line Cinema widescreen DVD set [5/2004] out of prodn/used
New Line Cinema full screen DVD set [5/2004] out of prodn/used


Andrew Lesnie won Oscar for Best Cinematography    won Oscar for Best Visual Effects    Howard Shore won Oscar for Best Original Score    won Oscar for Best Makeup
"Lord of The Rings I:
The Fellowship of The Ring"

[New Line Cinema/Wingnut Films Dec 2001]
Fellowship of the Ring poster  Co-written & directed by Peter Jackson; starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Liv Tyler, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin & Cate Blanchett; won Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score, Best Makeup; nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script/Adaptation & 6 more; also won A.F.I. Movie of the Year, five BAFTA awards, Saturn Award, ACE Eddie, Grammy Award, Hugo Award, 2 MTV Movie Awards, Golden Reel Award, 2 People's Choice Awards, 4 Golden Satellite Awards, S.A.G. Award (IM); listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005); at end of 2011, holds #75 box office ranking, at 54,799,300 tickets
New Line Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [9/2010] 2 disks for $9.49
New Line Platinum Gift Set color DVD [11/2002] 4 disks for $69.99
New Line Extended Edition color DVD [11/2002] 4 disks for $19.99
New Line widescreen color DVD [8/2002] for $4.49
New Line Extended Edition color VHS [11/2002] for $6.62
New Line color VHS [8/2002] for $1.00 {sic}
Warner soundtrack CD [11/2001] for $14.55
Hwd Studio Orch audio CD [5/2002] for $18.56
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


"Lord of The Rings II:
The Two Towers"

[New Line Cinema/Wingnut Films Dec 2002]
Two Towers poster  Co-written & directed by Peter Jackson; starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Liv Tyler, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin & Cate Blanchett; nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects, Best Art Direction; nominated for DGA, USC Scripter, & 9 BAFTA awards; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005)); at end of 2011, holds #60 box office ranking, at 57,725,300 tickets
New Line Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [9/2010] for $9.49
Warner widescreen color DVD [8/2003] 2 disks for $4.99
NewLine color DVD [8/2003] 2 disks for $13.46
NewLine widescreen color VHS Extended Edition [11/2003] 2 tapes for $4.25
Warner color VHS [8/2003] 2 tapes for $1.44 {sic}
Warner color VHS w/Spanish subtitles [8/2003] 2 tapes for $1.94 {sic}
Warner Limited Edition soundtrack CD [12/2002] out of stock/used
Warner soundtrack CD [12/2002] for $13.08
Hwd Studio Orch audio CD [3/2003] for $19.21
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


won Oscar for Best Picture   Peter Jackson won Oscar for Best Director   won shared Oscar for Best Screenplay Adaptation   won Oscar for Best Editing   won Oscar for Best Sound   won Oscar for Best Art Direction   won Oscar for Best Costumes   won Oscar for Best Makeup   Howard Shore won Oscar for Best Original Score   won Oscar for Best Original Song   won Oscar for Best Visual Effects
"Lord of The Rings III:
Return of The King"

[New Line Cinema/Wingnut Films Dec 2003]
RotK poster  Co-written & directed by Peter Jackson; starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Liv Tyler, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin & Cate Blanchett; won eleven Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Adaptation), Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Art Direction, Best Costumes, Best Makeup, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Visual Effects; also won ACE Best Film, DGA, PGA, SAG (ensemble), 4 VES & 5 BAFTA awards; nominated for DGGB, WGA & USC Scripter awards; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005); at end of 2011, holds #51 box office ranking, at 61,639,700 tickets
New Line Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [9/2010] 2 disks for $7.99
New Line widescreen DVD [5/2004] for $4.69
New Line extended edition DVD [12/2004] out of prodn/hundreds used
New Line Collector's Gift Set [12/2004] orig $71.99 - out of prodn/used
New Line full screen DVD [5/2004] for $4.97
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


Lord of The Rings Official Movie Guide book by Brian Sibley  "The Lord of The Rings Official Movie Guide" [2001]
by Brian Sibley & J.R.R. Tolkien

Mariner Books 11x8¾ pb [11/2001] out of print/dozens used
Houghton Mifflin 11½x9 hardcover [11/2001] out of print/many, many used
National Geographic / Beyond the Movie / Lord of The Rings  "Beyond The Movie: The Lord of The Rings - The Fellowship of The Ring"
[National Geographic Dec 2001]

'A fascinating exploration of how this imaginary world reflects our own' Directed by Lisa Kors; written by Kathleen Phelan & Hank Putnam; narrated by Phil Crowley; featuring director Peter Jackson; actors Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Liv Tyler; conceptual designers John Howe & Alan Lee; voice actors Peter McHugh & Oliver Muirhead; Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey, Tolkien historian John Garth, archeologist Martin Carver, screenwriter Philippa Boyens, publisher Rayner Unwin, historian Chris Upton, Richard Taylor, Pekka Huttu-Hiltunen, Jussi Huovinen, Wade Davis, Markku Nieminen, Jane Chance PhD, Michael Fay
60-minute National Geographic Video color DVD [2/2002] for $5.29
full credits at IMDbwatch full movie [52:47] online at YouTube

"Making The Lord of The Rings" documentary [2002]
Directed by Costa Botes; video not available; credits from IMDb

Making The Movie Trilogy book by Brian Sibley  "The Lord of The Rings: The Making of The Movie Trilogy" [2002]
by Brian Sibley, Foreword by Sir Ian McKellen

Mariner Books 11x8½ pb [11/2002] out of print/dozens used
Houghton Mifflin 11x8¾ hardcover [11/2002] out of print/many used
Houghton Mifflin 11x8¾ hardcover [11/2002] out of print/used
National Geographic / Beyond the Movie / Return of the King  "Beyond The Movie: The Lord of The Rings - The Return of The King"
[National Geographic Dec 2003]

The historical footage here is really not connected to "LOTR"; this docufilm is a hurry-up compilation made strictly for the tie-in and available on the "ROTK" DVDs Director not credited; narrated by John Rhys-Davies; featuring director Peter Jackson; actors Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Chris-topher Lee, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Elijah Wood; screenwriter Philippa Boyens; historians Richard Pipes, Lynette Nusbacher, James M. McPherson, Gary Moulton, Fiona Watson, Tolkien expert Michael Drout; Jock Ferguson, Susan Doran, David Loades, Michael Zuckerman; with archive footage of Winston Churchill, Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay, Adolf Hitler, V.I. Lenin, Theodore Roosevelt, Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra • full credits at IMDb
60-minute National Geographic Video color DVD [12/2003] for $7.80
Lord of The Films Unofficial Guide book by J.W. Braun  
"The Lord of The Films: The Unofficial Guide To Tolkien's Middle-Earth On The Big Screen" [2009] by J.W. Braun
E.C.W. Press 8¾x6 pb [9/2009] for $14.21


"The Last Ringbearer" [Russia 1999]
There is an unauthorized and unofficial and (technically) unpublished sequel to the Ring Trilogy that has become very popular in certain fandom circles.
"The Last Ringbearer" was written by Russian paleontologist Kirill Yeskov in the spirit of alternative history: this is the Mordorian version of the tale.
Editions in Russian (Cyrillic) exist, with various translations not found on Amazon (except an out-of-print Spanish edition). Included here are links for
several versions in .PDF or other format, some of which seem to require installing reader software such as BCool.
book entry at WikipediaKirill Eskov entry at Wikipedia

Last Ringbearer fantasy novel by Kirill Yurevich Yeskov  After the Elves defeat the Mordorian army and invade Mordor, Orc soldiers Haladin and
Tzerlag rescue Tangorn of Gondor and are given the task of destroying Galadriel's mirror.

online Russian/Cyrillic original "Последний Кольценосец"
free online English translation (2nd edition) by Yisroel Markov
free online English translation (2nd edition) download at SendSpace
MW's instructions for download of .MOBI format file readable on Kindle


"Muddle Earth" parodies
Muddle Earth parody by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell  "Muddle Earth" [ages 10 & up; 2003] by Paul Stewart, Illustrated by Chris Riddell
"A laugh on every page" Joe and his dog are summoned to Muddle Earth by the incompetent magician Randalf the Wise to battle evil Dr. Cuddles, aided by a sarcastic budgie and a cowardly troll . . .
Kindle Edition from Macmillan Children's Books [11/2012] for $5.38
Macmillan Children's Books 7¾x5 pb [3/2011] out of print/50+ used
Delacorte Books for Young Readers 8½x5½ library hardcover [8/2007] out of print/used
Delacorte Books for Young Readers 8½x6 hardcover [8/2007] out of print/used
Macmillan Children's Books 8¾x5½ hardcover [3/2003] out of print/50+ used
Muddle Earth Too parody by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell  "Muddle Earth Too" [ages 10 & up; 2011]
by Paul Stewart, Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Two years later, incompetent magician Randalf the Wise again summons Joe and his dog to battle evil forces threatening to overrun Muddle Earth . . .
Macmillan Children's Books 8½x5¼ pb [9/2011] out of print/used
Macmillan Children's Books 8¾x5½ hardcover [9/2011] out of print/used


    "The  Hobbit"
Tolkien's "The Hobbit" is the number four bestseller worldwide, after "A Tale of Two Cities" [1859] by Charles Dickens [1812-70],
"The Little Prince" [1943] by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [1900-44], and "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy also by J.R.R. Tolkien.

annotated The Hobbit  "The Hobbit: or There and Back Again" [1937, 1951 & 1966]
Del Rey mass pb [7/96] for $7.99
Houghton Mifflin 7¾x5 pb [8/2002] for $8.00
Del Rey 10¼x6¾ pb [5/2001] for $11.32
Houghton Mifflin Annotated Edition 9¼x8 hardcover [9/2002] for $19.32
Houghton Mifflin Collector's Edition hardcover [10/73] for $23.10
Recorded Books UNABR audio CD read by Ron Inglis [3/2002] for $38.99
Fantasy Flight board game [undated] for $37.57
Vivendi Universal video game for Playstation2 [11/2003] for $20.52

animated The Hobbit  "The Hobbit" animated mini-series episode [1977]
Co-directed by Jules Bass & Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Warner color DVD [9/2001] for $9.99
Parade color VHS [8/97] out of prodn/used
also available as part of 3-disk DVD & 3-tape VHS below
full credits at IMDB
The Latin Hobbit book translated by Mark Walker  "Hobbitus Ille: The Latin Hobbit" [2012] Translated by Mark Walker
Ere-whay is-ay the ook-bay in ig-Pay atin-Lay?
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins [9/2012] for $13.59
HarperCollins 8x5½ hardcover [9/2012] - status unclear 12/2012
The Hobbit and Philosophy book edited by Gregory Bassham & Eric Bronson  "The Hobbit and Philosophy: For When You've Lost Your Dwarves,
Your Wizard, and Your Way" [2012]
Edited by Gregory Bassham & Eric Bronson

Kindle Edition from Wiley/Blackwell [9/2012] for $9.99
Wiley/Blackwell 8x6 pb [9/2012] for $12.21
Bilbo's Journey / Hidden Meaning in The Hobbit book by Joseph Pearce  "Bilbo's Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning in The Hobbit" [2012]
by Joseph Pearce

Authors Pearce and Tolkien both believed that "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of The Rings"
were fundamentally religious and very Catholic works – try not to let that spoil the story
of Bilbo's adventures for you.

Kindle Edition from Saint Benedict Press [11/2012] for $5.98
Saint Benedict Press 8½x5½ pb [11/2012] for $11.91

Age of the Hobbits video release 2012  "Age of The Hobbits" aka "Clash of The Empires" [The Asylum Dec 2012]
The folks at low-budget The Asylum like to rip-off whatever blockbuster is due for release, and make a straight-to-video picture, figuring that calling it a 'mockumentary' makes everything legal. Their newest cheapie was scheduled for sale in stores just 3 days before release of "The Hobbit I"; the legal departments of Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, M.G.M., and producer Saul Zaentz sent a formal objection letter in August 2012 and filed suit in November. The story appears to be original – dragon-riding cannibal Java creatures enslave the Hobbits – but that is no excuse.
Directed by Joseph J. Lawson; written by Eric Forsberg; starring Christopher Judge & Bai Ling
Video Service Corp. widescreen color DVD [12/2012] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

"LEGO: The Hobbit" 'spec' animated feature [GameFilms Aug 2014]
watch 8/2014 full movie [1:20:53] online at YouTube


logo for the upcoming Hobbit movie, due in December 2012

The film rights to "The Hobbit" were acquired by New Line Cinema and M.G.M. in early 2008,
with plans for live action films produced in New Zealand by Peter Jackson & directed by Guillermo del Toro;
director del Toro announced leaving project 5/2010, largely since troubled M.G.M. Studios did not greeenlight
the project; Warner Bros. Studios then took charge, with filming in New Zealand soon begun (5/2011;
added 7/2012: Principal photography on both films was completed
Announced 9/2012: There are now to be three films, so titles and dates are changed accordingly

"The Hobbit, Part 1: An Unexpected Journey" [Warner Bros. Dec 2012]
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

5/2012 official trailer [2:32] for "The Hobbit, Part 1" at YouTube
10/2012 official trailer [2:29] for "The Hobbit, Part 1" at YouTube

Warner Bros. widescreen color 3-D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet combo [3/2013] 5 disks for $27.99
New Line Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet combo [3/2013] 3 disks for $24.78
New Line/Eurpac widescreen color DVD/UltraViolet combo [3/2013] 2 disks for $16.99
New Line/Eurpac widescreen color DVD [3/2013] for $17.97

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles, Volume 1 book from Weta Workshop  "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles, Volume 1: Art & Design" [2012]
Compiled by Weta Workshop senior concept designer Daniel Falconer

1,000 images, plus fold-out map & fold-out of Bilbo's contract
Harper Design 9½x12¼ hardcover [12/2012] for $22.16
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles, Volume 1 book from Weta Workshop  "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles, Volume 2: Creatures & Characters" [2013]
by Weta Workshop senior concept designer Daniel Falconer, Foreword by Andy Serkis

Harper Design 9¾x12x¼ hardcover [4/2013] for $30.19

"The Hobbit, Part 2: The Desolation of Smaug" [due Dec 2013?]
full credits at IMDbentry at Wikipedia {redirect to 2012}
watch 6/2013 official trailer [2:09] at YouTube

"The Hobbit, Part 3: There and Back Again" [bumped to Dec 2014?]



Selected  Books
browse Tolkien books & audio catalog at Amazon

J.R.R. Tolkien boxed set   Boxed Set: "The Hobbit" & "The Lord of The Rings"
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Ballantine mass pb set [11/91] for $19.77
Mariner 8½x5½ pb set [9/99] for $29.70
Bored of the Rings parody book from Harvard Lampoon  "Bored of The Rings: A Parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of The Rings" [1969] from The Harvard Lampoon
Signet/N.A.L. mass pb [1969] out of print/used
Roc Trade 7¾x5¼ pb [7/93] out of print/many, many used

"The Histories of Middle Earth, Volumes 1-5" Box Set [8/2003] by J.R.R. Tolkien
http://www.amazon.com/The-Histories-Middle-Earth-Volumes/dp/0345466454/
five mass pbs in slipcover: "The Book of Lost Tales", Volumes 1 & 2; "The Lays of Beleriand"; "The Shaping of Middle-Earth"; and "The Lost Road and Other Writings"

"The History of The Lord of The Rings, Volumes 6-9" Box Set [9/2000] by J.R.R. Tolkien, Edited by Christopher Tolkien
http://www.amazon.com/History-Lord-Rings-J-R-R-Tolkien/dp/0618083553/
four mass pbs in slipcover: "The Return of The Shadow"; "The Treason of Isengard"; "The War of The Ring"; and "Sauron Defeated"


Other  Video,  Other  Media

animated Lord of The Rings mini-series  
animated mini-series [1977-1980]
includes Bass-Rankin's "The Hobbit" [1977], Ralph Bakshi's "Lord of The Rings" [1978], and Bass-Rankin's "Return of The King" [1980]
Warner widescreen color DVD [12/2001] 3 disks - out of prodn/used
Warner widescreen VHS box set [12/2001] 3 tapes - out of prodn/used
The Hobbit animated feature  "The Hobbit" animated feature [N.B.C. Nov 1977]
Co-directed by Jules Bass & Arthur Rankin, Jr.; voices of Orson Bean, Richard Boone, Hans Conried, John Huston, Otto Preminger, Cyril Ritchard, Brother Theodore, Paul Frees, Jack DeLeon, Thurl Ravenscroft & Don Messick
Warner color DVD [9/2001] for $9.99
Parade color VHS [8/97] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDB
Bakshi animated Lord of The Rings  "The Lord of The Rings" animated feature [United Artists Nov 1978]
Produced by Saul Zaentz; directed by Ralph Bakshi; voices of Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt, Simon Chandler, Dominic Guard & Norman Bird
Warner Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [4/2010] for $19.99
Warner widescreen color DVD [9/2001] for $10.99
Warner color VHS [9/2001] out of prodn/many used
Intrada soundtrack CD [11/92] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site

Return of the King  "Return of The King" animated feature [A.B.C. May 1980]
Co-directed by Jules Bass & Arthur Rankin, Jr.; voices of Orson Bean, Theodore Bikel, William Conrad, John Huston, Roddy McDowall, Brother Theodore, Paul Frees, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Casey Kasem, Sonny Melendrez, Nellie Bellflower & Glenn Yarbrough
Warner color DVD [9/2001] for $9.99
Warner color VHS [9/2001] out of prodn/many used
full credits at IMDB

browse "LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring" video games
browse "LOTR: The Two Towers" video games
browse "LOTR: Return of the King" video games
browse "Battle For Middle Earth" video games
Entertainment Arts "LOTR" official game sites

There is a homemade 1940s-style film adaptation of "Lord of The Rings", available in Quicktime format.
Stars include Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, Orson Welles & Peter Lorre
O. Sharp's "L.O.T.R." parody

National Geographic  
"National Geographic Beyond The Movie: The Lord of The
Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring
" [2001]

NGS color DVD [2/2002] for $22.48
NGS color VHS [2/2002] for $19.98
Master of The Rings  "Master of The Rings: The Definitive Guide To The World of
The Rings" [Video Release Prodns Dec 2001]

Directed by Stephen Grant
Eagle Vision color DVD [12/2001] for $12.98
Warner color DVD [7/2002] for $17.98
color VHS [12/2001] 2 tapes for $10.98
full credits from IMDb
The Two Towers Visual Guide  
"A Visual Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Two Towers" [2002]
Kultur color DVD [12/2002] for $12.99
Kultur color VHS [12/2002] for $14.95

"Not Another Tolkien Movie" [indep May 2004]
'Not Another Tolkien Movie' independent spoof movie  88-minute movie-within-a-movie docu-comedy; young filmmaker attempts to make an accurate adaptation of "LOTR" with the help of an infomercial producer which soon involves soap opera actors, hand models, Ukrainian pop-stars, a Hip-Hop Hobbit, and awkward product placement, culminating with the movie's hurried premiere at the Mid-Atlantic Film Festival.
Co-written & directed by and starring Dallas Shelby; co-written by & starring Brock Fanning
Pasquinade Films color DVD-R [12/2006] for $15.00
full credits at IMDbfilmmakers' official website, based in Maryland
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"An Unexpected Safety Briefing" [10/2012]
quite funny safety briefing for Air New Zealand Boeing 777s: watch [4:27] online at YouTube

"The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made" [10/2014]
funny and epic safety briefing for Air New Zealand: watch [4:38] online at YouTube

Amazon Studios epic prequel series  11/2017
Announced 11/2017: The Amazon Studios streaming service has obtained the television rights for "The Lord of the Rings" fantasy book series; the deal for a multi-season production commitment and a potential spinoff will utilize tales from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, including "The Hobbit", and will effectively be a prequel to "The Fellowship of The Ring".
latest info at IMDbMagic Lantern / Studios / Amazon Studios SectionAmazon Studios entry at Wikipedia


J.R.R.  Tolkien  [1892–1973]

J.R.R. Tolkien [1892-1973] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore


               John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born 3 January 1892 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa. During an extended visit with his mother and brother to England, his banker father Arthur died of fever in Africa. The family was stranded and without income, and settled among family in Birmingham. His mother died at age 34 in 1904 of acute diabetes (biosynthetic insulin was not yet invented) and her two sons became wards of a priest at Birmingham Oratory (church). Ronald entered Exeter College, Oxford in 1911 and graduated in 1915 with 'first class honours'.
               Ronald met Edith Mary Bratt in 1908; they frequented local teashops and soon decided that they were in love. Ronald's Catholic guardian was horrified at his interest in a Protestant, and forbade further contact. On his 21st birthday, Ronald wrote Edith a letter asking her to marry him; Edith reluctantly agreed to convert to Catholicism, and they were formally engaged in 1913 and married at Warwick in March 1916.
               Ronald signed up for the Army, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, trained for 11 months, was allowed to marry, and then sent to France in June 1916. Lt. Tolkien saw combat at the Somme, but suffered trench foot and eventually trench fever, at which point he was sent home to England. While in Staffordshire, he began writing ("The Book of Lost Tales"); still ill, he was promoted to Lieutenant.
               Ronald's first civilian job was at the Oxford English Dictionary; he was hired in 1920 at the University of Leeds as a Reader in English Language. He returned to Oxford in 1925 as Rawlinson & Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College; during this time he wrote "The Hobbit" and the first two volumes of "The Lord of The Rings". "The Hobbit" was published to wide acclaim in September 1937. Ronald moved to Merton College, Oxford in 1945 where he remained until retirement in 1959. He completed "The Lord of The Rings" in 1948; after struggles with publishers, the three volumes were published in July 1954, November 1954, and October 1955; publication in the United States was in 1963.
               Ronald was increasingly unhappy with the sudden popularity of his books with the 1960s counter-culture movement ('hippies'), but completely pleased with the general attention; they moved to Bournemouth, where Edith delighted in the social life. Edith Tolkien died at the age of 82 in 1971; Ronald moved back to Merton College, Oxford and spent time with his grandchildren.
               J.R.R. Tolkien died on 2 September 1973 at the age of 81 and was buried in the same grave as his beloved wife of over 50 years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._R._Tolkien
http://www.tolkienestate.com/home/
http://www.tolkiensociety.org/tolkien/biography.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0866058/



Audio  &  Audio CDs  &  Music CDs
browse Tolkien / audio catalog at Amazon
browse Tolkien / audio CDs catalog at Amazon
browse audio / all Tolkien catalog at Amazon

"Lord of The Rings" & "The Hobbit" Boxed Set
Penguin ABR audio CDs [10/2002] 13 disks - out of prodn/used

UNABRIDGED audio CDs from Recorded Books:
Hobbit audio CD [7/2001] for $26.39
TFotR audio CD [12/2001] for $31.49
TTT audio CD [12/2001] for $31.49
RotK audio CD [7/2001] for $31.49

"Lord of The Rings Medley" by violinist-dancer Lindsey Stirling
watch music video [3:56] online at YouTube
symphony CD  
"Lord of The Rings Trilogy: A Symphony in 3 parts" [2001]
by Sir James Pitton-Smith

CAVEAT: Amazon reviewers mostly surprised, unhappy, or shocked by this product
Dressed To Kill audio CD [8/2001] 3 disks / out of prodn/used

Canadian composer Howard Shore is best known for scoring movies like "The Fly" [1986],
"The Silence of The Lambs" [1991], "The Aviator" [2004], and the 'Lord of The Rings' trilogy,
for which he won three Oscars & four Grammys
official websiteIMDb listingWikipedia

Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack CDs  "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring" [2001]
Reprise / W.E.A. soundtrack CD [11/2001] for $12.61
16 tracks from the film composer and two tracks composed & performed by Enya
"The Fellowship of The Ring" Complete Recordings [2005]
Reprise / W.E.A. soundtrack CD set [12/2005] 4 disks - out of prodn/rare
37 tracks on three disks; the fourth disk is DVD-audio of the Dolby Digital film score
The Two Towers soundtrack CDs  "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" [2002]
Reprise / W.E.A. soundtrack CD [10/2002] for $12.92
19 tracks from the film composer (four tracks performed by Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sheila Chandra, Ben Del Maestro, Elizabeth Fraser & Emiliana Torrini)
"The Two Towers" Complete Recordings [2006]
Reprise / W.E.A. soundtrack CD set [11/2006] 4 disks for $56.88
45 tracks on three disks; the fourth disk is DVD-audio of the Dolby Digital film score
The Return of The King soundtrack CDs  "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King" [2003]
Reprise / W.E.A. soundtrack CD [12/2003] for $12.87
19 tracks from the film composer (includes tracks performed by Billy Boyd, Ben Del Maestro, Renée Fleming, Sir James Galway, Annie Lennox, Sissel & Liv Tyler)
"The Return of The King" Complete Recordings [2007]
Reprise / W.E.A. soundtrack CD set [11/2007] 5 disks for $56.13
53 tracks on four disks; the fifth disk is DVD-audio of the Dolby Digital film score

live performance in Montreal, Canada in 2004  "Creating The Lord of The Rings Symphony: A Composer's Journey Through Middle-Earth" [2004]
52-minute docufilm with live concert footage from "The Lord of The Rings Symphony: Six Movements for Orchestra, Chorus & Soloists", recorded live at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, Montreal, Canada in February 2004credits at IMDb
New Line Home Ent. color DVD [12/2004] for $3.99 {sic}
also available on the Platinum Edition movie trilogy box set
Music from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy audio CD  "Music From The Lord of The Rings Trilogy" [2004]
Performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine

music CD [8/00] 19 tracks on 2 disks for $16.84
Music of The Lord of the Rings Films book & CD combo by Doug Adams  "The Music of The Lord of The Rings Films: A Comprehensive Account of Howard Shore's Scores" with Rarities CD [2010]
by Doug Adams, Illustrated by John Howe & Alan Lee, Foreword by Howard Shore

Carpentier / Alfred Music Publng 10x8 hardcover [10/2010] for $37.77

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