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 download ‘e-book’ editions of “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Silmarillion,” and “The Children of Húrin”.

These digital versions of Tolkien’s works can be read on personal computers, smartphones, or tablets, but I really feel they are best read on dedicated devices like the Kindle.

The Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Silmarillion,” and other works by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Also found in this section are the various Animated, Motion Picture, and Audiobook adaptions of Tolkien’s works.

Tolkienology

Learn more about J.R.R. Tolkien and the creation of his peerless masterworks with these study guides, atlases, and other resources found in this section.

The more dedicated fans of Tolkien’s works will enjoy Christopher Tolkien’s “The History of Middle-earth” series.

Collectables

“The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” and other works by J.R.R. Tolkien have been published in a wide range of rare and collectable editions. We work hard to post details on these editions in this section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to those frequently asked questions about Tolkien’s Middle-earth here.

Stuff and Bother

Information about this site, Tolkien related resources on the Internet, and other stuff and bother.

Contact

If you would like to contact me about this site and or it’s content, please use this section to do so.

Weblog

From time to time I’ll post news and other tidbits of information I feel may be of interest to the Tolkien community.

News, Reviews, Updates

The Middle-earth 6-Film Collection

New Line Cinema plans to release a complete collection of all six Peter Jackson’s adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic masterworks.

For the first time ever, Academy Award®-winning director Peter Jackson’s epic adventure is available in one spectacular limited collector’s edition box set.
The Limited Collector’s Edition includes 30 discs featuring all six Middle-earth films in their extended edition forms, housed in six stunning faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf. The one-of-a-kind wood shelf is crafted from solid wood with design selected by Peter Jackson.

In addition to the extended edition release of every film, the collection also includes all previously released bonus content from both the theatrical and extended editions.
Exclusive premiums designed for the collection include:

  • Spectacular 100-page sketch-style book with replica The Red Book of Westmarch, filled with original film sketches and new artwork
  • Original reproductions of exquisite watercolor paintings by acclaimed conceptual artists Alan Lee and John Howe, frameable and wall-ready

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Follow Bilbo Baggins, who – along with the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield – is swept into an epic and treacherous quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Our heroes escape the giant Spiders and Wood-elves of Mirkwood before encountering the mysterious Bard, who smuggles them into Lake-town. Finally reaching the Lonely Mountain, they confront the Dragon Smaug.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed their homeland, but face the consequences of unleashing Smaug. As five great armies go to war, Bilbo fights for his life, and the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must unite or be destroyed.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
With the help of a courageous fellowship of friends and allies, Frodo Baggins embarks on a perilous mission to destroy the legendary One Ring.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
In the middle chapter of this historic movie trilogy, the Fellowship is broken but its quest to destroy the One Ring continues.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring.

The Middle-earth 6-Film Collection is available in a special Limited Edition Boxed Set.

The Story of Kullervo

This is the first publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Kullervo, son of Kalervo, is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all Tolkien’s characters. “Hapless Kullervo,” as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny.

Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and tried three times to kill him when he was still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and the magical powers of the black dog Musti, who guards him. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruelest of fates.

Tolkien himself said that The Story of Kullervo was “the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own,” and was “a major matter in the legends of the First Age.” Tolkien’s Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic hero of The Silmarillion.

Published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes, and lecture essays on its source work, the Kalevala, The Story of Kullervo is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.

“The Story of Kullervo” is available at Amazon.com in a ‘Hardcover’ or Kindle ‘eBook’ edition.

“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 at Amazon.co.uk in a ‘Boxed’ (‘Slipcased’) ‘Hardcover’ edition.

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