J. R. R. Tolkien is a name known by practically every reader around the globe. Hailed as the Father of Modern Fantasy (a moniker he most certainly deserves), Tolkien shaped a genre into something that would change the face of fiction literature. Beginning with The Hobbit, which has sold 100 million copies to date, followed by The Lord of the Rings, which has sold an even more staggering 150 million, Tolkien's creation of Middle-Earth - his Legendarium, as he called it - is often considered the most influential fantasy work of all time. Here, we're going to take a look at the development of this rich fictional world, and how it laid the foundations for a genre adored by hundreds of millions today.
Many readers determine their reading choices by the season. Summer, for example, brings the perfect weather for comedy or romance, while autumn provides a chill best accompanied by a chilling horror read. And then there's winter; the best time of the year for wrapping up indoors in front of a crackling fire with a good book in your hands, suitable for a multitude of thrilling genres all bookworms can enjoy. The coldest season is one most readers anticipate, as it provides us all with an excuse to enjoy the frosty months tucked away and buried in the pages. So, now that winter is here, we've made a short list of the best genres to get stuck into at this time of the year. Read More
46 years ago today we lost one of the most influential writers of all time, and possibly the most renowned fantasy author to ever walk the face of the earth. With The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings shaping the genre as we know it today, it didn't feel right to let this day pass without paying our respects to such an incredible and creative individual in the world of literature. So take our quiz, find out your Middle-Earth race, and win a vintage The Lord of the Rings book! Read More