1/3/1892 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is born.
1938 Houghton Mifflin publishes the first U.S. edition
of The Hobbit
1954 The Fellowship of the Ring
1955 The Two Towers
1956 The Return of the King
1965 First American paperback editions of The Lord of
spark college campus craze. FRODO LIVES and GANDALF
FOR PRESIDENT buttons are seen everywhere.
9/2/73 J.R.R. Tolkien dies at the age of eighty-one.
1977 The Silmarillion
sells more than one million copies
in the United States in hardcover.
1983 Christopher Tolkiens monumental twelve-part
History of Middle-earth
begins with The Book of Lost Tales
1991 The Lord of the Rings
Centenary Edition, illustrated
by Alan Lee
2000 The Lord of the Rings
is the number-one "Book
of the Century" as voted by readers on Amazon.com.
5/16/01 J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century
Shippey is published by Houghton Mifflin.
9/22/01 Celebrate the birthday of Bilbo Baggins and Frodo
11/6/01 National laydown date forThe Lord of the Rings
Official Movie Guide
and The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion
12/19/01 New Line Cinema releases the film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
12/2002 The film The Lord of the
Rings: The Two Towers
12/2003 The film The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King
2004 Houghton Mifflin celebrates the fiftieth anniversary
of the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring