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The Lord of the Rings

Houghton Mifflin / J.R.R. Tolkien Timeline

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 the Rings 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 Tolkien’s 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 by Tom Shippey is published by Houghton Mifflin.

9/22/01 • Celebrate the birthday of Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins.

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 is released.

12/2003 • The film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is released.

2004 • Houghton Mifflin celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring.





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