Today In History: Tolkien Publishes The Fellowship Of the Ring

Today In History: Tolkien Publishes The Fellowship Of the Ring

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On July 29th, 1954, J.R.R. Tolkien published The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of a three volumes series, epic novels, which took place in fictional Middle Earth. This book preceded Tolkien's The Hobbit, a children's fantasy novel that was published with acclaim by Allen and Unwin seventeen years earlier. The Fellowship of the Ring is followed by The Two Towers and Return of the King, forming the popular trilogy "Concerning Hobbits and other matters". A hobbit, named Frodo Baggins, undertakes a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the ring belonging to the Dark Lord Sauron. The Fellowship cannot use the ring and must escape death. Themes of mortality, good and evil, suffering, and addiction to power dominate the story whose characters include wizards, elves, goblins, trolls, monsters, and more.


In 2001-2003, the trilogy was adapted highly successfully to film which was directed in a three-part series by Peter Jackson.


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Images:the first edition cover of J.R.R. Tolkien's


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