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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Howard Shore – Concerning Hobbits (The Shire)


today’s birhtdayJ.R.R. Tolkien (1892)

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892)

Though we know him today as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings—the creator of the fantastic Middle Earth, the inventor of hobbits and orcs and Elvish, indeed the “father of modern fantasy literature“—Tolkien was also a respected medieval scholar and Tolkien's_grave,_Wolvercote_Cemetery Oxford_Tolkienprofessor. He worked briefly for The Oxford English Dictionary, taught at Leeds University and then Oxford, and produced a landmark lecture on Beowulf. For whom did Tolkien write The Hobbit? More… Discuss


Norway Planning Ship Tunnel Project

Norway already boasts the world’s longest road tunnel, and it soon may have the world’s first proper ship tunnel. The Norwegian government is backing a $300-million (1.7-billion-kroner) plan to construct a tunnel linking theNorwegian Sea to the North Sea beneath the mountainous Stad peninsula. Upon completion, the tunnel will be able to accommodate 16,000 tonneships. The plan was first proposed in the 19th century, but financial considerations shelved it until now. More… Discuss


This Day in History: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is Published (1937)

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is Published (1937)

The Hobbit is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, a professor of Anglo-Saxon and of English language and literature at Oxford University. Adapted from stories Tolkien told his kids, The Hobbit is recognized as a classic in children’s literature but also attracts adult readers. Its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, is one of the 20th century’s most popular and influential works of fantasy literature. What changes did Tolkien make to later editions of The Hobbit? More… Discuss