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The Lord of the Rings one of the world’s most popular books

According to Facebook, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have both ranked as two of the most popular books by users (behind the Harry Potter series and To Kill a Mockingbird.

In analysing the Facebook statuses of over 130,000 people around the world, Facebook discovered Tolkien’s enduring popularity as his two most well-known books occupy positions 3 and 4 of the top 100 books. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams came seventh, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis came tenth, and A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin came 79th; five of the top 10 were books of fantasy literature.

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About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He also chairs another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.