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.
Tolkien is our author of the month - and what better way to celebrate such a beloved name in fantasy literature than by giving away vintage editions of his most revered titles? For your chance to win vintage copies of both The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, simply take our Middle-Earth quiz and share your results with us!
And that's a wrap on the 2010s, folks! We hope you all had a fantastic decade, made great memories, achieved whatever goals you set for yourselves, and experienced all the adventures you wanted to. But, now that we're rolling into the 2020s, it's time to start planning whatever adventures you want to tackle next - and to get you feeling particularly adventurous, we've compiled a list of the most exciting adventure books and novels to get you started on the right foot!
With National Day on Writing having just taken place, a day where we can all appreciate the importance of literature and storytelling, it only feels right to celebrate some of the most influential and adored writers of our time. Every book we read today has been influenced by one great writer or another - and, without certain names in the literary world, many of the classic genres know would likely not exist in their current form. Some may not even exist at all...
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!