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Tolkien by the Numbers

  1. Return to Middle-earth
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    Return to Middle-earth

    It’s been nearly a decade since moviegoers were transported to the Shire, but they’ll return this month via The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And while the world imagined by author J.R.R. Tolkien may have been fantasy, its influence has been very real. Here’s a breakdown.

    Pictured, Martin Freeman (center) as The Hobbit’s Bilbo Baggins.

    Photograph by Rex Features via AP Images
  2. 8,934 square feet
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    8,934 square feet

    Size of a Hobbit mural currently printed across an Air New Zealand 777-300 aircraft as a marketing tie-in.

    Photograph by the Marty Melville/AFP via Getty Images
  3. 7
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    7

    Number of Lord of the Rings movie tie-in Lego sets.

    Courtesy Lego
  4. 16
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    16

    Approximate number of languages created by Tolkien.

    Photograph by Everett Collection
  5. 33
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    33

    Hours of required class time for Marc Zender’s “Tolkien as Translator: Language, Culture, and Society in Middle-earth” at Harvard Extension School in spring 2010.

    Photograph by Getty Images
  6. £100,000
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    £100,000

    Amount Tolkien was paid by United Artists for the movie rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, about $240,000 in 1969 dollars.

    Photograph by Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Getty Images
  7. $1.1 billion
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    $1.1 billion

    Gross revenue from 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

    Photograph by Everett Collection
  8. $40 million
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    $40 million

    Amount of investment MGM retained in The Hobbit, even after filing for bankruptcy in 2010.

    Courtesy The Hobbit
  9. 32
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    32

    Number of licensed Tolkien-related video games released since 1982.

    Courtesy EA
  10. 1892
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    1892

    Year Tolkien was born in South Africa.

    Photograph by Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images
  11. 102
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    102

    Number of stops in the U.S. and Canada on TheOneRing.net’s Gandalf World Tour.

    Photograph by Everett Collection
  12. 42 feet
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    42 feet

    Size of the Gollum sculpture at Wellington International Airport in New Zealand.

    Photograph by Corbis
  13. 40%
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    40%

    Increase in tourists traveling to New Zealand from 2000 to 2006.

    Photograph by Andrew Quilty/The New York Times
  14. $249.99
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    $249.99

    List price of Bonndorf’s Lord of the Rings-themed tungsten ring.

    Photograph by Alamy
  15. 44,398
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    44,398

    Number of official J.R.R. Tolkien Facebook page fans.

    Courtesy Facebook
  16. More than 100 million
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    More than 100 million

    Copies of The Hobbit sold worldwide since its release in 1937.

    Courtesy Amazon
  17. 27
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    27

    Approximate number of animals, including goats, sheep, and chickens, that died during production of The Hobbit.

    Photograph by Getty Images