With the release of the final installment of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, interest in J.R.R. Tolkien may be greater than ever as millions of people have been introduced to the Christian author. A Google search for J.R.R. Tolkien turns up 714,000 sites on the Oxford professor. To help you digest the media overload, we've complied the best Tolkien information on the web.

The man:

Christian History: The Man Behind the Myth—CT sister publication Christian History recently released an entire issue devoted to Tolkien and his Christian faith.

The Tolkien Society—The Tolkien Society aims to encourage and further interest in the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Their web site includes information about Tolkien, his books, news related to Tolkien and the movie trilogy, resources for Tolkien research, society events.

J.R.R. Tolkien in Oxford—This site has an enormous amount of biographical information about J.R.R. Tolkien and his life at Oxford.

Marquette University Library Collections—Marquette University has Tolkien's original manuscripts of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and others.

The books:

The Encyclopedia of Arda—This site has hundreds of pages detailing absolutely everything you could ever want to know about Tolkien's writing: races, characters, languages, places, creatures, songs and poems, calendars, weapons, and more from Adanedhel to Zirakzigil.

Middle-Earth Tours—This site has paintings, drawings, and pictures of characters from The Lord of the Rings books and movies.

Cabed-en-Aras—Cabed-en-Aras is another site with everything about Tolkien you could imagine wanting.

The Grey Havens—Another site with tons of Tolkien information including chronologies, characters and creatures, songs and tales, and explanations of anything ...

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