Sixty years ago today, The Fellowship of the Ring, part one of J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, was published in the United Kingdom.
The Lord of the Rings has since become the most popular fantasy series of all time, and it's not hard to see why. The legend of Middle-earth is phenomenal - and thanks to The Hobbit director Peter Jackson, nowadays we can see how the fantastical characters look on the big-screen with great cinematography and storytelling ability.
I don't know about you, but tonight I'm sticking on my LOTR trilogy DVDs and heading back to The Shire with Elijah Wood to party hard with food, fireworks, dancing and pipe-weed!
As Bilbo Baggins once sang:
The Road goes ever on and on, Down from the door where it began, Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can.
May we keep following you, J.R.R. Tolkien. 60 years and these books are still unchallenged in fantasy, and most of literature.
And Happy Birthday, Lord of the Rings!
Are Tolkien's novels still the best fantasy books of all time?
(Source: The One Ring)