More Tolkien

For Tolkien fans, these books are more valuable than dragon gold. Many of them are not light reading, but together they give a remarkable insight into Tolkien’s world. The books on this page are divided into three sections.

First are Tolkien’s works of short fiction, including the Unfinished Tales of Middle-Earth and his other published stories such as “Farmer Giles of Ham,” “Smith of Wooten Major,” and The Tolkien Professor’s favorite, “Leaf by Niggle.”

Next come Tolkien’s scholarly translations of some of his favorite works of medieval literature, featuring his verse translation of Sigurd and Gudrún, which was published for the first time in 2009 by his son Christopher Tolkien.

Finally, you will find an edition of Tolkien’s letters and the staggering, twelve-volume History of Middle-Earth series, a monumental work of scholarship in which Christopher Tolkien walks the reader through Tolkien’s manuscripts and traces the evolution of the Middle-Earth stories from teenage scribbling through published manuscript and beyond.


monsters_criticsThe Monsters and the Critics

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I would draw your attention first, however, to this book, The Monsters and the Critics. This is where you can find Tolkien’s cornerstone essay, “On Fairy-Stories,” which I discuss in the Intro Lecture.

unfinished_talesUnfinished Tales

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Previously unpublished stories and essays about Middle-Earth and Numenor.


 

perilous_realmTales from the Perilous Realm

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An excellent edition of Tolkien’s short stories.


 

fantasy_tales_boxedFantasy Tales Boxed Set

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This is a nifty collection, including The Silmarillion, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Unfinished Tales, and the hard-to-find Tolkien Reader.


sigurd_gudrunThe Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún

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This previously unpublished translation of a Norse poem has just been released in 2009. The newest Tolkien book!


sggkSir Gawain and the Green Knight,
Pearl, and Sir Orfeo

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Tolkien’s translations of these classic Middle-English poems.

sigurd_gudrunSigurd and Gudrún Audio

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A Tolkien Professor favorite for long car rides.


 

letters_of_tolkienThe Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

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A wonderful resource. Read Tolkien’s own explanations of his works.


 

history_hobbitThe History of the Hobbit

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(John Rateliff, ed.) The making of The Hobbit.


 


history_of_me_vol1_5The History of Middle-Earth, Volumes 1-5

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(Christopher Tolkien, ed.) Follow the development of Tolkien’s stories from his earliest writings onward, assisted by Christopher Tolkien’s commentary. These volumes are also listed separately below.

lost_tales_1The Book of Lost Tales, Part I

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The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 1 – very early versions of The Silmarillion stories.


lost_tales_2The Book of Lost Tales, Part II

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The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 2 – The rest of the early Silmarillion stories.

 

beleriandThe Lays of Beleriand

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The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 3 – Poetic versions of the Luthien and Turin stories.


shaping_of_middle_earthThe Shaping of Middle-Earth

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The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 4 – Maps, annals, and the first “Silmarillion.”


lost_roadThe Lost Road

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The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 5 – The Fall of Numenor, plus more Silmarillion revisions.


return_of_shadowThe Return of the Shadow

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The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 6 – Step-by-step look at the development of LOTR.


treason_of_isengardThe Treason of Isengard

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The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 7 – Part two of the in-depth history of the LOTR.


war_of_the_ringThe War of the Ring

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The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 8 – Part three of the history of the LOTR.



sauron_defeatedSauron Defeated

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The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 9 – An unpublished epilogue to LOTR, and the Notion Club papers.


morgoths_ringMorgoth’s Ring

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The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 10 – Tolkien returns to the First Age, post-LOTR.


war_of_jewelsThe War of the Jewels

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The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 11 – Tolkien’s last work on the Silmarillion stories.


peoples_of_meThe Peoples of Middle-Earth

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The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 12 – Writings that became the LOTR appendices.