Happy anniversary, Return of the King!
This day in 1955 brought us the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King, the last part of The Lord of the Rings series. Had Tolkien been around for recent transformations, or more accurately, annihilations of books into film, he might have perished merely at the thought of his masterpieces being turned into movies. Rest easy, Mr. Tolkien, as director Peter Jackson was a thankful exception to usual butchery, for the large part maintaining the stories’ integrity in film form. Here’s hoping he can resolve that bitter battle with New Line surrounding the compensation on his first three films so that he can get to direct The Hobbit.