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Tolkien began writing The Lord of the Rings as a series of sequels to The Hobbit in 1937 and completed the full set of six sequels in 1949. Initially he tried to convince his publisher to have The Lord of the Rings published as one complete volume to be followed by The Silmarillion in another volume, but his publisher rejected The Silmarillion as they wanted only "hobbit stories" not a "mythology of Middle Earth", which they saw as uninteresting to their readers. For economic reasons The Lord of the Rings was published in three volumes over the course of a year from 29 July 1954 to 20 October 1955.

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