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

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

Tolkien by the Numbers

Return to Middle-earth
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
8,934 square feet
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
7
7

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

Courtesy Lego
16
16

Approximate number of languages created by Tolkien.

Photograph by Everett Collection
33
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
£100,000
£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
$1.1 billion
$1.1 billion

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

Photograph by Everett Collection
$40 million
$40 million

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

Courtesy The Hobbit
32
32

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

Courtesy EA
1892
1892

Year Tolkien was born in South Africa.

Photograph by Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images
102
102

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

Photograph by Everett Collection
42 feet
42 feet

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

Photograph by Corbis
40%
40%

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

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

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

Photograph by Alamy
44,398
44,398

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

Courtesy Facebook
More than 100 million
More than 100 million

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

Courtesy Amazon
27
27

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

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