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Middle Earth (Imaginary place)

Oct 21, 2012 — Fans of Middle Earth tend to fall in love with The Hobbit as children, says self-described "Tolkien professor" Corey Olsen. But once they move on to The Lord of the Rings, they never come back. That's a great shame, he says, so he's written his own book to honor the classic fantasy novel.
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Aug 7, 2012 — More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
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Aug 11, 2011 — More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. Explore the winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey — an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.
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Aug 8, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Aug 8, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Lord Of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jun 4, 2007 — As kids we preferred indoor recess to the playground hullabaloo. As adults we're film dorks, comic book geeks and indie-music nerds. We do not, as a general rule, jet-ski. This is what we'll be reading as we try to avoid the sun.
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Jun 4, 2007 — Glen Weldon recommends the newly published Tolkien book, edited by Tolkien's son, Christopher. Set in the Elder Days of Middle Earth, the prequel is based on stories that appear in Unfinished Tales and reads, Weldon says, like classic Tolkien.
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