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Tolkien by the Numbers
By Spencer Bailey
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Return to Middle-earth

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.