December 17, 2003

Spotlight On…   The Lord of the Rings

The Return of the King, the third installment of the enormously popular Lord of the Rings movie trilogy opens on Wednesday, December 17. Begin your quest with these resources.

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The movies

The official movie website has news, summaries of all the movies in the trilogy, trailers, video and photo galleries, interviews with the cast and filmmakers, and loads of information about the characters, weapons and warfare, and the cultures of Middle Earth.

You can find out when and where the movie is showing at the Cincinnati.com website.

Use the Internet Movie Database to find detailed information on The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, including cast and crew, plot summaries, soundtracks, box office grosses, online trailers, and reviews from professional critics.

Lord of the Rings: Official Movie Guide
Brian Sibley
791.4372 qL866Zs 2001
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the trilogy. Includes interviews with the cast and crew, and loads of full-color photographs.

The Lord of the Rings: The Art of The Two Towers
Gary Russell
791.4372 qT649tZr 2003
Lavishly illustrated guide to the sets, scenery, and costumes of The Two Towers.

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The literary connection

cover of The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien
Fiction
First volume in the series. Available in regular print, large print, audio cassette, and compact disc.

The Two Towers
J.R.R. Tolkien
Fiction
Second volume in the series. Available in regular print, large print, audio cassette, and compact disc.

The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien
Fiction
Third volume in the series. Available in regular print, large print, audio cassette, and compact disc.

The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
Fiction
Introduction to the Middle Earth world. Available in regular print, large print, audio cassette, and compact disc.

The Silmarillion
J.R.R. Tolkien
Fiction
Collection of stories about the First Age of the Middle Earth, published after Tolkien’s death. Available in print, audio cassette, and compact disc.

An excellent Lord of the Rings book discussion guide is available in NoveList.

And be sure to check out our Lords of the Rings readalike booklist for additional reading recommendations.

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The man behind the Middle Earth mythology

The Biography Resource Center, in our collection of Research Databases, offers a variety of biographies of the J.R.R. Tolkien including this one from Contemporary Authors Online and this one from Authors and Artists for Young Adults.

The Literature Resource Center is a good source for critical analysis of Tolkien’s work. A couple of examples include ‘The Road to Middle Earth’ by Tom Shippey and ‘Traveling the One Road’ by Ralph C. Wood.

The Tolkien Archives, is a collection of articles from the New York Times Archives about the author and his books. It also includes interviews and book reviews. Free registration is required to access some articles.

One Ring: The Complete Guide to Tolkien Online is a directory of sites about the author and his work.

The Tolkien Timeline contains a chronological list of important events related to the author’s life, career, and scholarly work.

SFF World: Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien has a biography, news, reviews, and information about the movies.

And of course there are plenty of books about Tolkien and his work in the Library’s collection. Here’s a sample:

cover of J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography by Leslie Jones

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
Leslie Jones
828.91209 T649Zjo 2003

The People’s Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien
823.912 T649Zp 2003

J.R.R. Tolkien
Andrew Blake
823.912 T649ZbL 2002 (YA)

The Origins of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth for Dummies
Greg Harvey
823.912 T649Zh 2003

Tolkien in the Land of Heroes: Discovering the Human Spirit
Anne C. Petty
823.912 T649Zpe 2003