Welcome to “An Unofficial Homepage for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R. Tolkien”

 

Since 1998, the simple goal for this site, is to encourage readers of all ages to take a journey to Middle-earth.

To best achieve this goal, I feel the best use for this site, is to carefully research the currently available editions of Tolkien’s works, as well as guides, essays, and other related educational material, sort them all out into the sections listed on the right, hopefully making it as easy as possible to find these books, so that people can experience the peerless masterworks of J.R.R. Tolkien.

“If you want to know the story, you can read the book.”

~ Sir Ian McKellen, “The Actors Studio”

If you have yet to read one of Tolkien’s books, then I invite you to order a copy of Ballantine’s popular Boxed ‘Paperback’ Collection of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” You will join millions of people, from all over the world, who have been changed forever by taking their first journey to Middle-earth.

Those who have already made the journey to Middle-earth, and hunger for more, you will enjoy reading “The Silmarillion,” Tolkien’s epic history of the First Age of Middle-earth, and “The Children of Húrin,” the first complete book by Tolkien since the 1977 posthumous release of “The Silmarillion.”

You can also order ‘ebook’ editions of “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Silmarillion,” “The Children of Húrin,” “The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún,” “The Fall of Arthur,” “Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary,” as well as many of J.R.R. Tolkien’s other works.

These digital editions can be read on personal computers, smartphones, or tablets, but I really feel they are best read on dedicated devices like series of Amazon’s Kindle ebook readers.

Works by J.R.R. Tolkien

These are the epic masterworks that Tolkien is known for the world over.

“The Hobbit”

First published on September 21, 1937, by George Allen & Unwin.

“The Lord of the Rings”

First published on July 29, 1954 (“The Fellowship of the Ring”), November 11, 1954 (“The Two Towers”), October 20, 1955 (“The Return of the King”), by George Allen & Unwin.

“The Silmarillion”

First published on November 19, 1977, by George Allen & Unwin.

Works by J.R.R. Tolkien, Edited by Christopher Tolkien

 

Outside of “The Silmarillion,” these works are not as well known to the general public as the two works listed above. Though the material was written by Tolkien, these works were published after Tolkien’s death in 1973, and were edited by his son and literary heir, Christopher Tolkien.

“Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth”

First published on October 2, 1980, by George Allen & Unwin.

“The Children of Húrin”

First published on April 17, 2007, by Houghton Mifflin.

“The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún”

First published on April 1, 2009, by HarperCollins.

“The Fall of Arthur”

First published on May 23, 2013, by HarperCollins.

“Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary”

First published on May 22, 2014, by HarperCollins.

Other Works by J.R.R. Tolkien

Outside of the works listed above, Tolkien also wrote a collection of outstanding short stories and essays, many of which are in print, and are detailed below.

“Bilbo’s Last Song”

Considered to be Bilbo Baggins’ epilogue to “The Lord of the Rings,” “Bilbo’s Last Song” is his short but beautiful farewell poem to Middle-earth.

“Tales from the Perilous Realm”

The definitive collection Tolkien’s five acclaimed modern classic ‘fairie’ tale (“Farmer Giles of Ham,” “The Adventures of Tom Bombadil,” “Leaf by Niggle,” “Smith of Wootton Major,” and “Roverandom”), written in the same vein as “The Hobbit.”

“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” “Pearl,” and “Sir Orfeo”

These are masterpieces of a remote and exotic age—the age of chivalry and wizards, knights and holy quests. Yet it is only in the unique artistry and imagination of J.R.R. Tolken that the language, romance, and power of these great stories comes to life for modern readers, in this masterful and compelling new translation.

“The Tolkien Reader”

This very popular pocket-book edition includeds “Farmer Giles of Ham,” “The Adventures of Tom Bombadil,”  and “Tree and Leaf,” which contains Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy-stories.”

“Tree and Leaf”

This collection includes Tolkien’s famous essay, “On Fairy-stories,” as well as the story that exemplifies this, “Leaf by Niggle,” together with the poem “Mythopoeia” and the verse drama, “The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth,” which tells of the events following the disastrous Battle of Maldon.

“Letters from Father Christmas”

Every December, an envelope from the North Pole would arrive for Tolkien’s children. The letters told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole.

The History of Middle-earth

This highly-acclaimed series of books by Tolkien’s son Christopher, provide an invaluable record that offers a great deal of insight into Tolkien’s creative genius, his thoughts and feelings about his own work, and the evolution of his grand design for the creation of a whole new world.

“One marvels anew at the depth, breadth and persistence of J.R.R. Tolkien’s labour. No one sympathetic to his aims—the invention of a secondary universe—will want to miss this chance to be present at the creation.”

~ Publishers Weekly

Tolkien is known the world over for his unique literary creation, exemplified in “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and “The Silmarillion.” What is less well known, is that he also produced a vast amount of further material that greatly expands upon the rich mythology, numerous stories, and stirring legends of Middle-earth, and also brings into greater detail, the long years of war between the Elves and the first Dark Lord, Morgoth, and his terrifying lieutenant, Sauron. It was to this enormous task of literary construction that Tolkien’s youngest son and literary heir, Christopher, applied himself to produce the monumental and endlessly fascinating series of twelve books, known collectively as “The History of Middle-earth.”

“The Book of Lost Tales: Part 1″

Volume 1 of “The History of Middle-earth” series.

“The Book of Lost Tales: Part 2″

Volume 2 of “The History of Middle-earth” series.

“The Lays of Beleriand”

Volume 3 of “The History of Middle-earth” series.

“The Shaping of Middle-earth”

Volume 4 of “The History of Middle-earth” series.

“The Lost Road”

Volume 5 of “The History of Middle-earth” series.

“The Return of the Shadow”

Volume 6 of “The History of Middle-earth” series as well as Part 1 of “The History of The Lord of the Rings” series.”

“The Treason of Isengard”

Volume 7 of “The History of Middle-earth” series as well as Part 2 of “The History of The Lord of the Rings” series.”

“The War of the Ring”

Volume 8 of “The History of Middle-earth” series as well as Part 3 of “The History of The Lord of the Rings” series.”

“Sauron Defeated”

Volume 9 of “The History of Middle-earth” series as well as Part 4 of “The History of The Lord of the Rings” series.”

“Morgoth’s Ring: The Later Silmarillion, Part One”

Volume 10 of “The History of Middle-earth” series.

“The War of the Jewels: The Later Silmarillion, Part Two”

Volume 11 of “The History of Middle-earth” series.

“The Peoples of Middle-earth”

Volume 12 of “The History of Middle-earth” series.

Stuff and Bother

 

Legalese

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Dedicated to the Life and Memory of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

“Little by little, one travels far.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien