Houghton Mifflin and J.R.R. Tolkien
Houghton Mifflin publishes the first U.S. edition of...
1938 The Hobbit
1954 The Fellowship of the Ring
1955 The Two Towers
1956 The Return of the King
1965 First American paperback edition sparks craze on college campuses. "Frodo Lives" and "Gandalf for President" buttons are seen everywhere.
1971 Led Zeppelin IV album includes songs inspired by Tolkien.
1977 The Silmarillion sells more than a million hardcover copies in the United States.
1983 Christopher Tolkien's monumental twelve-part History of Middle-earth series begins with The Book of Lost Tales.
1991 The Lord of the Rings Centenary Edition, illustrated by Alan Lee, is published.
2000 The Lord of the Rings tops many international "Book of the Century" fan polls.
2001 New Line Cinema releases the first film in the Tolkien trilogy: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is released.
2003 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 with a spectacular new edition of The Lord of the Rings.