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Previously unseen collections of writings from the author will be published next year and shed new light on works including “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Silmarillion” and “Unfinished Tales,” U.S. publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said Thursday.

Tolkien published “The Hobbit” in 1937 and “The Lord of the Rings” in three parts between 1954 and 1955.He died in 1973, aged 81, but his works continue to attract fans with more than 150 million copies of “The Lord of the Rings” sold worldwide and major movie adaptations of his work grossing more than $5 billion at global box offices.

Indiana-based Tolkien fan, Matt Graf, 36, who runs YouTube fan-site “Nerd of the Rings,” told NBC News the unearthed writings were a thrilling development.

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