21 September 2009


on this day in 1937, j.r.r. tolkein's childrens tale The Hobbit was first published. the imaginative fantasy invented a number of characters and races of beings, which would later appear in fleshed-out form in tolkein's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, an epic work of staggering creativity which introduced an entire world, complete with written languages, histories, landscapes, traditions, and a vivid cast of characters. though lamely categorized as fantasy, LOTR is aimed at an adult audience. tolkien's stories generated a parade of copycat writers and a library of artwork, none of which comes close to the stunning achievement of director peter jackson's film trilogy -- The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003). (click on images to enlarge)

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