In honor of The Return of the King, the climactic end of the revered classic and one of the most iconic trilogies of all time, we’re celebrating this literary milestone with a comprehensive list of little known facts on the novel, the king in question, and Tolkien’s writing and publishing process.
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Did you know there are a great number of living creatures named after various writers? I really did not know how to react after looking at some of these, but I can imagine that it’s quite an honor to find out that you’ve had an entire species named after you. Throughout biological nomenclature, organisms are sometimes given scientific names with the intention to honor somebody. From insects, to plants, to even a variety of fish, there are a plethora of different types of organisms named after influential writers. These are the ones that left me quite confused, yet strangely compelled.
Shireplitis is a group wasps that are native to New Zealand. They are usually black or brown in color, and are about 2mm in body length with narrow wings. Although not clear at first, their genus name derives from the Shire, home of the famous hobbits in J.R.R Tolkien’s series of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. There are five species of Shireplitis named after iconic hobbits, and one named after Tolkien himself.
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–Shireplitis bilboi (Bilbo Baggins)
–Shireplitis frodoi (Frodo Baggins)
–Shireplitis samwisei (Samwise Gamgee)
–Shireplitis meriadoci (Mariadoc Brandybuck)
–Shireplitis peregrini (Peregrin Took)
–Shireplitis tolkieni (J.R.R Tolkien)
Learning about this in high school would have made biology a lot more fun.
Avalanchurus is an extinct family of trilobites, which are a group of marine arachnomorph arthropods. The subfamily of Avalanchurus consists of four different species named after four musical icons. Avalanchurus garfunkeli and Avalanchurus simoni are named after Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon, the legendary bestselling folk-rock duo. Avalanchurus lennoni and Avalanchurus starri are named after the singer and drummer of The Beatles, John Lennon and Ringo Starr. It a blend of fascination and surprise that this is even a thing.
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Although they are not necessarily authors, Paul Simon is well known as arguably one of the best songwriters of all time.
Sonoma is a subfamily of rove beetles that originated from North America. Appearing mostly from the Pacific Slope in Alaska to southern California, there are at least fifty-seven known species. There are many different names for these species, such as sonoma colberti, named after Stephen Colbert, and sonoma stewarti, named after Jon Stewart. Looking through the long list, however, I found sonoma twaini, approriately named after Mark Twain, the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Why there is a family of beetles named after two talk show hosts and a legendary author, I really cannot say. Yet, these names really don’t get more random and erratic than this.
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If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings or a loyal Bookstr follower, you may already know that Amazon is planning to bring Tolkien’s Middle-earth back to the small screen. You may also know that they plan on spending no less that half a billion dollars doing so! And now, the journey is further ready to set off with the confirmation of developers for the production.
Vulture report that JD Payne and Patrick McKay have been chosen. Best known for their Star Trek 4 and Jungle Cruise scripts. Though it remains uncertain the duo will serve as showrunners or head writers, the news has already stirred the water in every fan’s heart. The duo further excited us with the following statement:
The rich world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity…We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care — it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.
Amazing and exciting, right? I know you’re over-the-moon, but promise me: you won’t put on that malicious ring and look at the Sauronian eye!
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