At half a million words, balancing scores of main characters and hundreds of minor ones the index lists more than seven hundred personal names and interweaving several plot strands, The Lord of the Rings was too big for one volume in its first publication, resulting in a three-volume version that was inaccurately dubbed a trilogy. The setting is Middle-earth, conceived vaguely as Northern Europe before the recorded history of humankind and before geological forces changed the shape of the land. The story opens with a party at which Bilbo hands over his estate to his nephew and leaves the Shire for good. With his estate, Bilbo leaves Frodo the magic ring that makes the wearer invisible.
Tolkien's work The Hobbitpublished in Tolkien warned them that he wrote quite slowly, and responded with several stories he had already developed. The story would not be finished until 12 years later, inand would not be fully published untilwhen Tolkien was 63 years old.
Writing[ edit ] Persuaded by his publishers, he started "a new Hobbit" in December The idea for the first chapter "A Long-Expected Party" arrived fully formed, although the reasons behind Bilbo's disappearance, the significance of the Ring, and the title The Lord of the Rings did not arrive until the spring of Tolkien made another concerted effort inand showed the manuscript to his publishers in Tolkien Collection at Marquette University.
Perrott's Folly is nearby. Tolkien's influences The influence of the Welsh languagewhich Tolkien had learned, is summarized in his essay English and Welsh: The Lord of the Rings, in evidence: This element in the tale has given perhaps more pleasure to more readers than anything else in it.
Tolkien included neither any explicit religion nor cult in his work. Rather the themes, moral philosophy, and cosmology of The Lord of the Rings reflect his Catholic worldview.
In one of his letters Tolkien states, "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.
This shows in such names as "Underhill", and the description of Saruman's industrialization of Isengard and The Shire. It has also been suggested that The Shire and its surroundings were based on the countryside around Stonyhurst College in Lancashire where Tolkien frequently stayed during the s.
After Milton Waldman, his contact at Collins, expressed the belief that The Lord of the Rings itself "urgently wanted cutting", Tolkien eventually demanded that they publish the book in Tolkien did not like the title The Return of the King, believing it gave away too much of the storyline, but deferred to his publisher's preference.
Tolkien was initially opposed to titles being given to each two-book volume, preferring instead the use of book titles: The Lord of the Rings: However these individual book titles were later scrapped, and after pressure from his publishers, Tolkien initially suggested the titles: Wollheimscience fiction editor of the paperback publisher Ace Booksclaimed that The Lord of the Rings was not protected in the United States under American copyright law because Houghton Mifflin, the US hardcover publisher, had neglected to copyright the work in the United States.
Tolkien took issue with this and quickly notified his fans of this objection. Tolkien undertook various textual revisions to produce a version of the book that would be published with his consent and establish an unquestioned US copyright.
On September 4,the novel debuted on New York Times' Paperback Bestsellers list as number three, and was number one by December 4, a position it held for eight weeks. Hammond and Christina Scull, under supervision from Christopher Tolkien, studied and revised the text to eliminate as many errors and inconsistencies as possible, some of which had been introduced by well-meaning compositors of the first printing inand never been corrected.May 13, · J.R.R.
Tolkien explains these systems of writing in Appendix E.
The Cirth inscription on the title page now says in English: "The Lord of the Rings translated from the Red Book" THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien approached the work reluctantly but with his customary perfectionism.
- J.R.R. Tolkien was born in January, He held many jobs throughout his life, including soldier, dictionary writer, and scholar.
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