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 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."
"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 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 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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."