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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.

Full story at Facebook.com.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner

Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.


  • Harm Schelhaas

    I still think the maths and the ‘clustering’ on this is a bit doubtfull. Yes, it makes sense to take all books from a series together, but then wouldn’t it make the same sense to take the ‘Middle-earth canon’ together? LotR+Hobbit would then just outrank Harry Potter.

    Even weirder is the separate occurence of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’. The latter is included in the former by any standard. In this case adding the two would make it rise to 4th place immediately.

    All in all, I still find it difficult to take this seriously.