The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. It is the third best-selling novel ever written, with over 150 million copies sold. Set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the book follows the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of the Dark Lord Sauron. The book was adapted as a blockbuster film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. The films are, by subtitle, The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). They were distributed by New Line Cinema.

Movie review: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

A scene from the movie The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey, in which Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins. Photo: SCMP Pictures

In 1937, English writer J.R.R. Tolkien published his first novel The Hobbit. It was a children’s book intended for a young readership.

Monday, 31 December, 2012, 11:30am 2 comments

Videogame: Lego The Lord of the Rings

Lego: The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world receives a magical Lego makeover just in time for the release of the first of director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.

23 Dec 2012 - 2:51pm

Simon Tolkien remembers his grandfather

Simon Tolkien

As creator of Middle-earth, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most successful authors in history. And yet, says Simon Tolkien, the grandfather he remembers seemed to think he had failed.

2 Dec 2012 - 3:53pm

'Lord of the Rings' volcano in New Zealand erupts for the 2nd time

Dark ash billows from the volcano yesterday. Photo: AFP

A New Zealand volcano in a national park used as a backdrop for The Lord of the Rings films erupted with a brief blast of dark ash yesterday, cancelling flights, but causing no significant damage.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

New Zealand volcano used as Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings may erupt

The 2,797 metre high volcano last erupted in 2007. Photo: AFP

A volcano that doubled as Mount Doom in The Lord of the Rings series of movies is in danger of erupting as pressure builds in an underground vent, officials in New Zealand said yesterday.

The Department of Conservation warned hikers to avoid walking near the summit of Mount Ruapehu.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Air New Zealand hobbit-themed safety video is a YouTube hit

Air New Zealand's latest in-flight safety video, with characters such as hobbits, orcs and elves from the upcoming 'Hobbit' movie are enlisted to urge passengers to fasten their seatbelts. Photo: AFP

A new in-flight safety video featuring characters from the Lord of the Rings trilogy has been premiered by Air New Zealand.

2 Nov 2012 - 11:31am

Light-hearted fantasy introduces Middle Earth

The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien Published by HarperCollins ISBN 9780261103283

Set in the same world as Tolkien's great epic, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit takes the reader back 50 years, and describes the events that led to the finding of The Ring.

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One of the greatest fantasy adventure stories ever told - J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings - mesmerised local fans who sat through all three cinematic episodes in a one-off, 14-hour marathon at UA Pacific Place in Admiralty last week.

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