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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 two books Tolkien is primarily known for.

  • "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.

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.

"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 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."

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.
  • "Mr. Bliss"
    Tolkien's illustrated tale about the eccentric Mr Bliss, whose whimsical decision to buy a motor car quickly becomes a catalog of disasters.

Atlases, Guides, Essays

The depth and intricacy of Tolkien's books makes it possible for these amazingly detailed maps of Arda and Middle-earth, informative illustrated and literary guides that no one exploring Middle-earth should be without, and detailed examinations of the finer points of Tolkien's work, and its influence on literature, art, religion, and the world in general.


Biographies

Learn more about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the Oxford professor who introduced the world to the now immortal Middle-earth.


Motion Pictures, Animations, Audiobooks, Radio Plays

Peter Jackson's multi-award winning brace of motion picture trilogies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings," the classic (and not so classic) Rankin/Bass and Ralph Bakshi animated adaptations of Tolkien's works.

For those who may not have the time to journey Tolkien's Middle-earth the traditional way, the audiobooks and radio plays are an excellent alternative. These audiobooks are professionally and superbly read, and the radio plays are great entertainment for yourself of the entire family.

Motion Pictures

  • Peter Jackson: "The Hobbit" Trilogy
    Directed by Peter Jackson. Released on December 13, 2012 ("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"), December 13, 2013 ("The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"), December 12, 2014 ("The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"), by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Brothers Pictures.

Animations

Audiobooks

Radio Plays

  • BBC: "Tales from the Perilous Realm"
    The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) excellent dramatizations of "Farmer Giles of Ham," "Smith of Wootton Major," "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil," and "Leaf by Niggle."

Other Recordings

  • Jackanory: "The Hobbit"
    The classic unabridged reading of "The Hobbit" from the long-running BBC children's television series Jackanory. Read by Bernard Cribbins, Jan Francis, Maurice Denham, and David Wood.

News, Reviews, Updates

"The Lord of the Rings: Sixtieth Anniversary Edition"

A beautiful new single-volume edition of Tolkien's epic masterwork. Fully illustrated throughout in watercolor by the acclaimed and award-winning artist, Alan Lee, and housed in a special transparent slipcase. Since "The Lord of the Rings" was first published in 1954, it has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Well over 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collectors' editions become prized and valuable items of publishing.

With the epic trilogy now an acclaimed, award-winning and billion-dollar success, images of the characters and landscapes have become iconic to a whole new generation of readers. Much of the look of these movies is based on Alan Lee's paintings, giving this sumptuous new edition of Tolkien's great work new relevance for the ever-growing number of fans.

This new edition includes all 50 of Alan Lee's beautiful watercolor paintings that have been newly scanned by the artist himself, together with his stunning frontispiece painting that appears in full, for the very first time, as a three-page foldout sheet. The text has been reset using the definitive fiftieth anniversary text and is printed on high-quality paper, and this is accompanied by Tolkien's own maps, which are printed in red and black as endpapers. The unjacketed book features illustrated boards and includes a silk ribbon marker, and is housed in a special transparent slipcase; together with Alan's beautiful paintings, this new presentation of this landmark work provides the reader with the ultimate edition with which to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of its first publication.

  • "The Lord of the Rings: Sixtieth Anniversary Edition" is available in a boxed ('slipcase') 'Hardcover' edition.

"Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary"

The translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was an early work, very distinctive in its mode, completed in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seems never to have considered its publication. This edition is twofold, for there exists an illuminating commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the written form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s; and from these lectures a substantial selection has been made, to form also a commentary on the translation in this book.

From his creative attention to detail in these lectures there arises a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision. It is as if he entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail-shirts as they beached their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to the rising anger of Beowulf at the taunting of Unferth, or looking up in amazement at Grendel's terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot.

But the commentary in this book includes also much from those lectures in which, while always anchored in the text, he expressed his wider perceptions. He looks closely at the dragon that would slay Beowulf "snuffling in baffled rage and injured greed when he discovers the theft of the cup"; but he rebuts the notion that this is "a mere treasure story", "just another dragon tale". He turns to the lines that tell of the burying of the golden things long ago, and observes that it is "the feeling for the treasure itself, this sad history" that raises it to another level. "The whole thing is sombre, tragic, sinister, curiously real. The ?treasure' is not just some lucky wealth that will enable the finder to have a good time, or marry the princess. It is laden with history, leading back into the dark heathen ages beyond the memory of song, but not beyond the reach of imagination."

Sellic Spell, a "marvellous tale", is a story written by Tolkien suggesting what might have been the form and style of an Old English folk-tale of Beowulf, in which there was no association with the "historical legends" of the Northern kingdoms.

The Hall of Fire

There is truly no better resource for those seeking to learn more about Tolkien's Middle-earth on the Internet then the outstanding Wikipedia's Middle-earth Portal.

With that in mind, I've worked with Wikipedia to compile the following links to relevant entries, sorted into the sections below, that we feel will offer visitors a firm understanding of J.R.R. Tolkien, and his extensive body of work.

  • John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
    J.R.R. Tolkien has been called "the creative equivalent of a people." Learn more about the Oxford professor who created Middle-earth through these Wikipedia entries.
  • The Lands of Middle-earth
    More a time then a place, Tolkien's incredibly detailed 'invented' world has enchanted people of all ages since first described in "The Hobbit." Learn more about this world through these Wikipedia entries.
  • The Peoples of Middle-earth
    That enchanted 'invented' world detailed above, is of course populated by elves, dwarves, wizards, orcs (goblins), dragons, and ... hobbits. Learn more about these facinating peoples through these Wikipedia entries.
  • The Languages of Middle-earth
    Learn more about the intricate languages, and writing systems that Tolkien devised for the elves, and other peoples of Middle-earth. Learn how to write and speak in Middle-earth through these Wikipedia entries.


Links

A directory of other Tolkien based resources available on the Internet. If you know of a site that should be listed in this directory, please let me know via this site's Facebook page.

  • Official Sites
    Official sites for the Tolkien's estate, copyright holders, book publishers, motion picture producers, et cetera.
  • Artists, Artwork
    Sites exploring the work of talented artists and illustrators who vividly bring Middle-earth to life out of the pages of Tolkien's works.
  • Clubs, Societies
    Sites for non-profit organizations whose aim is to promote further interest in the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • Essays
    Detailed essays on the finer points of Tolkien's works.
  • General Information
    Sites offering a wide range of resources and material and other features that fans Tolkien's works will find informative and educational.
  • Languages, Writing Systems
    Sites that explore the intricately detailed languages and writing systems J.R.R. Tolkien created for the Lands and Peoples of Middle-earth.
  • Forums, Message Boards
    Sites where you can argue about balrog wings, elven ears, and other discussions and deliberations about Tolkien's Middle-earth.
  • Stuff and Bother
    The flotsam and jetsam of this directory. Often times the most interesting sites are actually found in this category.


Legalese, 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