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Best Tolkien Books You Must Read

Looking for the best Tolkien books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

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.
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien , Christopher Tolkien, et al.

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

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

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…
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

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.
Author(s): J. R. R Tolkien

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?
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien

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 . . .
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

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.

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.
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien

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.
Author(s): J. E. A. Tyler, Kevin Reilly

The Hobbit (1972)

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

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.
Author(s): J. R. R. Tolkien

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

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.
Author(s): Peter Kreeft

Best Tolkien Books You Must Read

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Tolkien's Library: An Annotated Checklist: Second Edition Revised and Expanded

Author(s): Oronzo Cilli
ID: 3635895, Publisher: Luna Press Publishing, Year: 2023, Size: 13 Mb, Format: epub

The War of the Jewels II

Author(s): J. R. R. Tolkien
ID: 3205354, Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, Year: 2022, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Tolkien, Race, and Racism in Middle-earth

Author(s): Robert Stuart
ID: 3269260, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2022, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

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