With “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” hitting theaters this weekend, and me being a bit of a nerd for all things J.R.R. Tolkien, I’ve been writing up a bunch of articles for various sites related to Tolkien and both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in print and big-screen form.
Earlier this week, I wrote up a list of 25 things most people probably don’t know about The Hobbit and Tolkien’s work on it, and I’m proud to say that at least 22 of the items on that list were off the top of my head. The other 2-3 actually required some research (though I did make sure all of the other facts were legit and not just some literary legends I heard at one point or another).
Here are a pair of excerpts from the list:
2. When he first received the manuscript for The Hobbit, publisher Sir Stanley Unwin paid his 10-year-old son to write a report explaining whether the story was worth publishing. His son’s positive response prompted Unwin’s publishing house to take on the project.
9. J.R.R. Tolkien had a profound dislike for the Walt Disney Company’s studio productions. He repeatedly rejected adaptations of The Hobbit and his other stories that he deemed “too Disney-fied” and in a 1968 letter regarding his sale of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings film rights, he requested a guarantee that Disney would never be involved with adaptations of his work.
You can read the rest of the list at Movies.com.