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Best Tolkien Books You Must Read

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1. The Fall of Gondolin (2019)

Best Tolkien Books You Must ReadIn the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar: he is called the Lord of Waters, of all seas, lakes, and rivers under the sky. But he works in secret in Middle-earth to support the Noldor, the kindred of the Elves among whom were numbered Húrin and Túrin Turambar.   Central to…
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien , Christopher Tolkien, et al.

2. The Histories of Middle Earth, Volumes 1-5 (2003)

Best Tolkien Books You Must ReadThe extraordinary history of Middle-earth comes to life in this essential five-volume collection from the beloved author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  …
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien

3. J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (2012)

Best Tolkien Books You Must ReadTHE BOOKS THAT INSPIRED THE EPIC MOTION PICTURES THE HOBBIT THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING THE TWO TOWERS THE RETURN OF THE KING © New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc. (s12) Motion Picture Artwork © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved….
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien

4. Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth (2014)

Best Tolkien Books You Must Read"The tone is heroic, both the heroes and the villains greater than life-size." — New York Times Book Review Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth concentrates on the lands of Middle-earth and comprises Gandalf's lively account of how he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the story of the emergence of the sea god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and an exact description of the military organization of the Riders of Rohan and the journey of the Black Riders during the hunt for the Ring. It also contains the only surviving story about the long ages of Númenor before its…
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

5. The Lord of the Rings (1968)

Best Tolkien Books You Must ReadContinuing the story of The Hobbit, this seven-volume paperback boxed set of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings is a collection to treasure. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power; the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring — the ring that rules them all — which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave…
Author(s): J. R. R Tolkien

6. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) (1981)

Best Tolkien Books You Must ReadPaperback: 527 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 1, 1983) Language: English ISBN-10: 0345296052 ISBN-13: 978-0345296054 Package Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 1,800 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,132,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #80357 in Classic Literature & Fiction #40151 in Epic Fantasy (Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien

7. The Silmarillion (2014)

Best Tolkien Books You Must Read“Majestic! . . . Readers of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will find in The Silmarillion a cosmology to call their own, medieval romances, fierce fairy tales, and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury . . . It overwhelms the reader.” — Time The story of the creation of the world and of the First Age, this is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back and in whose events some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part. The three Silmarils were jewels created by Fëanor, most…
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

8. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (2000)

Best Tolkien Books You Must ReadThis collection will entertain all who appreciate the art of masterful letter writing. The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien sheds much light on Tolkien's creative genius and grand design for the creation of a whole new world: Middle-earth. Featuring a radically expanded index, this volume provides a valuable research tool for all fans wishing to trace the evolution of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS….
Author(s): J. R. R. Tolkien , Christopher Tolkien, et al.

9. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography (2000)

Best Tolkien Books You Must ReadThe authorized biography of the creator of Middle-earth. In the decades since his death in September 1973, millions have read THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and THE SILMARILLION and become fascinated about the very private man behind the books. Born in South Africa in January 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was orphaned in childhood and brought up in near-poverty. He served in the first World War, surviving the Battle of the Somme, where he lost many of the closest friends he’d ever had. After the war he returned to the academic life, achieving high repute as a scholar and university teacher, eventually becoming Merton Professor…
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien

10. The Complete Tolkien Companion (2012)

Best Tolkien Books You Must ReadFor all those who journey to Middle Earth, here is the complete guide to its lands, legends, histories, languages, and people. The Complete Tolkien Companion explains, translates, and links every single reference―names, dates, places, facts, famous weapons, even food and drink―to be found in J. R. R. Tolkien’s world, which includes not only The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but also The Simarillion and many other posthumously published works. A detailed explanation of the various Elvish writing systems, together with maps, charts, and genealogical tables, bring the remarkable…
Author(s): J. E. A. Tyler, Kevin Reilly

11. The Hobbit (1972)

Best Tolkien Books You Must ReadTolkien, J.R.R., Hobbit, The…
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien

12. Tales from the Perilous Realm. by J.R.R. Tolkien (2009)

Best Tolkien Books You Must ReadThe five tales are written with the same skill, quality and charm that made The Hobbit a classic. Largely overlooked because of their short lengths, they are finally together in a volume which reaffirms Tolkien’s place as a master storyteller for readers young and old.,*Roverandom is a toy dog who, enchanted by a sand sorcerer, gets to explore the world and encounter strange and fabulous creatures.,*Farmer Giles of Ham is fat and unheroic, but – having unwittingly managed to scare off a short-sighted giant – is called upon to do battle when a dragon comes to town;,*The Adventures of Tom Bombadil tells in verse of…
Author(s): J. R. R. Tolkien

13. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo (1979)

Best Tolkien Books You Must ReadSIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT, PEARL, and SIR ORFEO 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….
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien

14. The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings (2005)

Best Tolkien Books You Must ReadWhile nothing can equal or replace the adventure in reading Tolkien’s masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, Peter Kreeft says that the journey into its underlying philosophy can be another exhilarating adventure.Thus, Kreeft takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into the philosophical bones of Middle earth. He organizes the philosophical themes in The Lord of the Rings into 50 categories, accompanied by over 1,000 references to the text of Lord.Since many of the great questions of philosophy are included in the 50-theme outline, this book can also be read as an engaging…
Author(s): Peter Kreeft

Books by J.R.R. Tolkien Back to The Author The following list, compiled by Charles E. Noad and updated by Ian Collier and Daniel Helen, includes all of Tolkien’s major publications. J.R.R. Tolkien (1892.1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. WELCOME TO THE J.R.R. TOLKIEN ONLINE BOOK SHOP, brought to you by HarperCollins, J.R.R. Tolkien’s official publisher, selling signed and deluxe editions of Tolkien’s books, plus a fascinating and definitive collection of official titles written by and about one of the world’s most popular and successful authors The popularity of Tolkien’s books has had a small but lasting effect on the use of language in fantasy literature in particular, and even on mainstream dictionaries, which today commonly accept Tolkien’s idiosyncratic spellings dwarves and dwarvish (alongside dwarfs and dwarfish), which Edited by Christopher Tolkien (the author’s youngest son and literary executor), assisted by Guy Gavriel Kay. 1979 Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien, George Allen & Unwin, text by Christopher Tolkien, ISBN 0047410035. 2nd edition 1992. 1980 Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth ISBN 0-618-15405-1 (HM).

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The Fall of Gondolin

Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien; Christopher Tolkien; Alan Lee
Publisher: HarperCollins, Year: 2018, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2271653

Flora of Middle-Earth : plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium

Author(s): Judd, Graham A.; Judd, Walter S.; Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 41 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2077284

Tolkien and Alterity

Author(s): Christopher Vaccaro, Yvette Kisor (eds.)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2153010

The Inklings and King Arthur: J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis, and Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain

Author(s): Sørina Higgins
Publisher: Apocryphile Press, Year: 2017, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2289353

The Battles of Tolkien

Author(s): David Day
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press, Year: 2017, Size: 40 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2342336

Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty: Majesty, Splendor, and Transcendence in Middle-earth

Author(s): Lisa Coutras
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2016, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1582724

Tolkien, Self and Other: ’This Queer Creature’

Author(s): Jane Chance
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1678429

The Story of Kullervo

Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien; Verlyn Flieger (ed.)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Year: 2016, Size: 7 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1707945

Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings

Author(s): Diana Pavlac Glyer; James A. Owen
Publisher: Kent State University Press, Year: 2016, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2338619

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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