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Next Up: The Lord Of The Rings


If you don’t like The Lord of the Rings, you might hate my blog over the next couple of months because it’s about to get all Gollum up in here for a while.
The Lord of the Rings Read-Along begins today!

Orcs, hobbit feet, angry dwarves, beautiful, mysterious elves—that’s what we’ll be talking about around here. Don’t worry, if you truly don’t like The Lord of the Rings, I’ll still have normal bookish posts unrelated to the novel.

I also want to open the blog up for some guest posts during this period. So touch base with me at if you might be interested. I’m thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-5 guest posts, and I already have one lined up, so I’ll only be selecting a few.

Anyway, enough about all that. Let’s take a brief, completely underwhelming look at a few facts about LOTR and its author, J.R.R. Tolkien.

  •  Tolkien wrote LOTR in stages between 1937 and 1949.
  • It is the second best-selling novel ever, with more than 150 million copies sold. Only A Tale of Two Cities has sold more.
  • The novel is often thought of as a trilogy, but Tolkien wrote it as one story—the sequel to The Hobbit.
  • The original manuscripts of the book, totaling 9,250 pages, are housed at Marquette University in the J.R.R. Tolkien Collection.
  •  Unless you’ve lived in a hobbit hole (get it??), you’re well aware of the blockbuster film trilogy about the LOTR, released between 2001 and 2003. The films won 11 Oscars.
  • Tolkien admitted to the work being influenced by his Catholic upbringing. He said, “The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything like ‘religion’, to cults or practices, in the imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism.”

Seriously guys, I could write hundreds of hundreds of bullet points about all the cool facts about LOTR. This might be one of the easiest novels I’ve read to find material for blog posts. So much out there.

Anyway, let’s start reading.

My next post about the novel will be on Tuesday, and we’ll talk about some of the novel’s covers over the years.

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28 Comments Post a comment
  1. As an LOTR fan, I’m looking forward to your next LOTR-themed posts. Happy reading!

    June 12, 2014
  2. I’m so happy that you’re finally reading this. :)

    June 12, 2014
  3. “…it’s about to get all Gollum up in here for a while.”

    Omg, that got me into the giggles xD That was great and I am very keen for some Lord of The Rings all up in my notifications later

    June 12, 2014
  4. 1banjo #

    The London Times I think it was did a survey that concluded Lord of the Rings was the greatest novel of the 20th Century. I can think of none better off the top of my head.

    June 12, 2014
    • Quite a good argument to be made for that, thought I’ll still take Gatsby.

      June 12, 2014
  5. Brandon #


    June 12, 2014
  6. Such a huge undertaking. There is nothing like the excitement and apprehension of starting at page one of this book. Have fun!

    June 12, 2014
    • I agree! Love those opening pages.

      June 12, 2014
  7. Have fun, it might be a bit of a trudge but it’s well worth it!

    June 12, 2014
  8. I would be very interested in guest blogging on your site, but I don’t have an email. Can I arrange it with you through comments?

    June 12, 2014
  9. What better reason to read through again than this?

    June 12, 2014
  10. Awesome! I’m doing a Potter month, from Harry’s birthday on July 31st until “start of term” at Hogwarts on August 1st!
    Will you be talking about themes and characters, all that fun stuff? Can’t wait to read your blog series!

    June 12, 2014
    • Pardon me- not August 1st, September 1st.

      June 12, 2014
  11. Ohhhhhh Cool. I’m writing a crazy-long series about The Lord of the Rings myself, and I’m working on Gollum now. Awesome covers – I’ve not see those before.

    June 12, 2014
  12. I read The Hobbit for the first time at the start of the year and I have just found The Lord of the Rings in a charity shop. Was pleased to get all three with matching covers, sadly not the covers that I wanted, but they still look good. Looking forward to the coming posts…

    June 12, 2014
  13. It is obvious you will come into contact with My Precious along the way. Treat it nicely.

    June 12, 2014
  14. I’m so, so excited about this. It’s been a long time since I’ve read LotR and it’s high time I get back to it.

    June 12, 2014
  15. Here’s a cool fact, my Grandmother knows one of Tolkien’s Granddaughters, and they occasionally have coffee. :D

    June 12, 2014
  16. I read The Hobbit. I really liked it, so I was excited to read the rest. I only stopped because The Fellowship of the Ring was unbearably slow at some parts …

    June 12, 2014
  17. Awesome theme for the next couple months, as an LOTR and Tolkien fan, I will be checking your blog posts out for sure, thanks! :)

    June 12, 2014
  18. Reblogged this on One Sun, Many Rays and commented:
    Just one of the best things i would love to write about a lot…..!!

    June 13, 2014
  19. Allison #

    Apparently, they just found an old recording of Tolkien in which he reveals the “true meaning” behind LOTR. It’d be interesting to see if you agree after reading them all. (Because sometimes what the author thinks of as the most important part of his books isn’t what the readers get out of them.) I’m not sure when the tape is being released to the world, though:

    June 13, 2014
  20. wonderful idea, featuring my favourite story of all time, I shall await every post with anticipation. Finally something real to look forward to!

    June 13, 2014
  21. I’ll be interested to see what you have to say about these! I have to admit I’ve made many attempts but never managed to get through them. They can get a little like wading through quicksand…

    June 13, 2014
  22. Liz #

    I loved those covers. I grew up with those. My mom bought the series in the 60s before she became a SAHM (the days before that was an acronym). I love the series but it takes a while to get going. I think for the first 50 pages or so he was still writing for children.

    June 13, 2014
  23. Phoenix #

    I hate to nit-pick, but the LOTR films actually won 17 Oscars (out of a nominated 30). ROTK won all 11 of its nominations, while FOTR won 4 and TTT won 2.

    June 13, 2014
  24. My favorite books ever! Looking forward to this!

    June 16, 2014

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