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For the Tolkien Scholar

T. A. Widman "book-a-holic"
The list author says: "If you have read The Hobbit and/or the Lord of the Rings and wonder if Tolkien has any more to offer, this is the place for you. If you have fallen in love with Tolkien's writing and skill with the english language, this is the place for you. If you'd like to discover more about the background and formation of his works, this is the place to be.

On your way to becoming a Tolkien Scholar? Here are some books to help you on your way."
The Hobbit
The Hobbit
"The place where many discover Tolkien, myself included, The Hobbit is much lighter hearted than LotR, but gives much depth and character to its world."
The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
"The Magnum Opus. Of all fantasy, this is the one book any fantasy fanatic must at least try.  Tolkien's writing can be difficult and slow at first, but once you embrace it, this book encompasses some of the most beatiful prose in the english language."
The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
"This was always the work of Tolkien's heart; he worked on it continuously throughout his life.  The story is conceived is epic form, in many ways akin to Biblical style.  The Silmarillion fleshes out the story of Middle Earth, its makings, its wars and sorrows, illuminating the continuing story which culminates in The Lord of the Rings."
The Children of Hurin
The Children of Hurin
"The Children of Hurin is an expanded version of a tale from the Silmarillion.  It is a story of fate and tragedy.  Although presented in other books, this is the most complete and polished version, with many annotations."
Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth
Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth
"Unfinished tales includes both stories from the Silmarillion and new ones as well, chronicalling events during the history of Middle Earth.  It reveals many insights crucial to a deeper understanding of the events of the War of the Ring"
Tree and Leaf: Including "Mythopoeia"
Tree and Leaf: Including "Mythopoeia"
"A collection of some of Tolkien's other writings, including: Leaf by Niggle, On Fairy-Stories, and The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth."
The Tolkien Reader
The Tolkien Reader
"A collection of writings, including: Tolkiens' Magic Ring by Peter Beagle, Farmer Giles of Ham and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil."
Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham
Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham
"Includes two of Tolkien's short stories: Smith of Wooton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham.  The first is important to gaining an understanding of the meaning faerie-stories had for Tolkien."
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo
"Translations of some of the most famous works of Early English liturature...Tolkien's philogical work.  What is important is how Tolkien manages to maintain the original character and rhythms of the original poems."
The Book of Lost Tales 1(The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 1)
The Book of Lost Tales 1(The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 1)
"Edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien, this is the first of the History of Middle Earth Series...which reveals the many permutations ME went through in the formation of the Silmarillion legendarium."
The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 2)
The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 2)
"HoME volume 2 The first two books follow a typical convention, that of the storyteller.  Eriol travels to Tol Eressea, where he hears the history of the Elves...up through the fall of Gondolin.  Also includes much information on languages, names and vocabulary."
The Lays of Beleriand (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 3)
The Lays of Beleriand (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 3)
"HoME vol 3 This is my favorite volume.  Tolkien originally wrote much of the Silmarillion, not in prose but as epic poems or lays.  Here again are examples of Tolkien's skill with the english language."
The Shaping of Middle-Earth: The Quenta, the Ambarkanta and the Annals (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 4)
The Shaping of Middle-Earth: The Quenta, the Ambarkanta and the Annals (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 4)
"HoME vol 4 Early permutations of the final Silmarillion, as well as revelations pertaining to the nature of Middle Earth."
The Lost Road and Other Writings (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 5)
The Lost Road and Other Writings (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 5)
"HoME vol 5 Includes Tolkiens work on a Time Travel novel written at the urging of the Inklings.  It was meant to be paired with CS Lewis' Space trilogy.  Also includes final work on the Silmarillion."
The History of the Lord of the Rings
The History of the Lord of the Rings
"HoME vol 6-9 Contains early drafts and notes for the Lord of the Rings.  It is heavy reading at times, but full of surprises!"
Morgoth's Ring: The Later Silmarillion, Part 1, Vol. 1
Morgoth's Ring: The Later Silmarillion, Part 1, Vol. 1
"HoME vol 10"
The War of the Jewels: The Later Silmarillion, History of Middle-Earth, Part 2, Vol.11
The War of the Jewels: The Later Silmarillion, History of Middle-Earth, Part 2, Vol.11
"HoME vol 11"
The Peoples of Middle-Earth: The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 12 (Tolkien, J R R (John Ronald Reuel)//History of Middle-Earth)
The Peoples of Middle-Earth: The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 12 (Tolkien, J R R (John Ronald Reuel)//History of Middle-Earth)
"HoME vol 12 Includes Tolkien's aborted sequet to LotR, "The Return of the Shadow.""
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
"Sheds a lot of light on what Tolkien thought about his works, his fame, critics etc...very illuminating."
The J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection
The J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection
"Great collection of recordings by both JRR Tolkien and his son Christopher.  Includes readings from The Hobbit, LotR and the Silmarillion."
The Monsters and the Critics: And Other Essays. J.R.R. Tolkien
The Monsters and the Critics: And Other Essays. J.R.R. Tolkien
"Contains some of Tolkien's most famous lectures, not found anywhere else.  Includes: Beowulf The Monsters and The Critics, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and A Secret Vice."
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun
"Another of Tolkien's works, edited for publishing by his son."
J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator
J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator
"Tolkien was not just a writer or professor...he was also a very gifted artist.  This book contains many of his works, including his own representations of places and characters from his works paired with appropriate passages."
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
"If you are interested in Tolkien's life and how it may have influenced his writing.  Even with no other motive, an intersting read."
J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century
J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century
"Tom Shippey is one of the most noted of Tolkien scholars and critics.  His works can be a bit hard, but full of amazing insights that will have you rethinking all you ever thought LotR could mean."
The Road to Middle-Earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology
The Road to Middle-Earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology
"Another analysis of Tolkien's works by Tom Shippey."
The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-Earth: A Complete Guide to All Fourteen of the Languages Tolkien Invented
The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-Earth: A Complete Guide to All Fourteen of the Languages Tolkien Invented
"A great overview of the many languages Tolkien created, both for the Lord of the Rings, and throughout his life.  Includes some grammar and extensive vocabulary.  Also contains translations from the books."
The Atlas of Middle-Earth (Revised Edition)
The Atlas of Middle-Earth (Revised Edition)
"A great reference and quick guide to the events of the Silmarillion, The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.  A facinating book for anyone interested in maps or keeping track of exactly where characters are when."
The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth
The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth
"Contains four beautifully painted maps by John Howe as well as a book describing the nature of Middle Earth and the process in designing and painting these maps."
J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-Earth
J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-Earth
"A great critic of Tolkien's work from a Christian point of view."
The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth
The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth
"Investigates Christian themes in the Lord of the Rings."
Defending Middle-Earth: Tolkien: Myth and Modernity
Defending Middle-Earth: Tolkien: Myth and Modernity
"Investigates how the Lord of the Rings was the vehicle through which Tolkien created spirit in a secular time."
Mere Humanity: G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien on the Human Condition
Mere Humanity: G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien on the Human Condition
"Examines the thoughts and beliefs of GK Chesterton, CS Lewis, and JRR Tolkien with regards to the nature and purpose of the human condition."
The Power of the Ring: The Spiritual Vision Behind the Lord of the Rings
The Power of the Ring: The Spiritual Vision Behind the Lord of the Rings
"Analysing many of Tolkiens works, and even drawing insights from the films, this book delves into the spiritual nature of Tolkien's writing."
Lord of Elves and Eldils: Fantasy and Philosophy in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien
Lord of Elves and Eldils: Fantasy and Philosophy in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien
"Examines the beliefs and philosophies of both Tolkien and Lewis through their works.  Demonstrates their continuing value as vehicles through which the reader gains a greater understand of universal truths and an appreciation of the world around him/her."
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