A Guide to Tolkien’s Middle-earth Books

For those of you interested in exploring J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, here is your complete guide.

I’m still looking for J. R. R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography, the 2002 edition. It’s hard to find. If you ever run across a copy, please let me know!

THE CANON
1. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (1937)
2. The Lord of the Rings (1955)
Originally released in 3 volumes
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
The Two Towers (1954)
The Return of the King (1955)
3. The Silmarillion (1977) edited by Christopher Tolkien

UNFINISHED WORK EDITED BY CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN
Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth (1980)

THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH EDITED BY CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN
(DETAILING HIS FATHER’S CREATIVE PROCESS)
1. The History of Middle-earth Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales, Part 1 (1983)
2. The History of Middle-earth Vol. 2: The Book of Lost Tales, Part 2 (1984)
3. The History of Middle-earth Vol. 3: The Lays of Beleriand (1985)
4. The History of Middle-earth Vol. 4: The Shaping of Middle-earth (1986)
5. The History of Middle-earth Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings
(1987)
6. The History of Middle-earth Vol. 6: The Return of the Shadow (The History
of The Lord of the Rings v.1)
(1988)
7. The History of Middle-earth Vol. 7: The Treason of Isengard (The History
of The Lord of the Rings v.2)
(1989)
8. The History of Middle-earth Vol. 8: The War of the Ring (The History of
The Lord of the Rings v.3)
(1990)
9. The History of Middle-earth Vol. 9: Sauron Defeated (includes The History
of The Lord of the Rings v.4)
(1992)
10. The History of Middle-earth Vol. 10: Morgoth’s Ring (The Later
Silmarillion v.1)
(1993)
11. The History of Middle-earth Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels (The Later
Silmarillion v.2)
(1994)
12. The History of Middle-earth Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth (1996)
13. The History of Middle-earth: Index (2002)

THE GREAT TALES EDITED BY CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN
1. The Children of Húrin (2007)
2. Beren and Lúthien (2017)
3. The Fall of Gondolin (2018)

MIDDLE-EARTH VERSE BY J. R. R. TOLKIEN
1. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962)
2. The Road Goes Ever On: A Song Cycle (1967) {music by Donald Swann;
poetry by J. R. R. Tolkien}
3. Bilbo’s Last Song (1974 as a poster; 1990 as a book)

WHEN CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN DECIDED NOT TO EMBARK ON THE HISTORY OF THE HOBBIT, HE GAVE HIS BLESSING TO THE FOLLOWING WORKS
1. The Annotated Hobbit (1988) annotated by Douglas A. Anderson
Included in the appendix: “The Quest of Erebor” by J. R. R. Tolkien
2. The History of the Hobbit Volume 1: Mr. Baggins (2007) edited by John D.
Rateliff
3. The History of the Hobbit Volume 2: Return to Bag End (2007) edited by
John D. Rateliff

AUTHORIZED STUDIES
1. J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography (1977) by Humphrey Carpenter
2. The Inklings: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and their
Friends
(1978) by Humphrey Carpenter
3. The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (1981) edited by Humphrey Carpenter
assisted by Christopher Tolkien
4. J. R. R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography (1993; revised 2002) by Wayne
G. Hammond with the assistance of Douglas A. Anderson
5. The Lord of the Rings: A Reader’s Companion (2005) an annotated
reference to The Lord of the Rings by Wayne G. Hammond & Christina
Scull
6. The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide (2006) edited by Wayne G.
Hammond & Christina Scull
Volume 1: Chronology
Volume 2: Reader’s Guide
Includes: “Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien

MIDDLE-EARTH ARTWORK BY J. R. R. TOLKIEN
1. Pictures by J. R. R. Tolkien (1979) edited by Christopher Tolkien
2. J. R. R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator (2000) edited by Wayne G. Hammond &
Christina Scull
3. The Art of The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (2012) edited Wayne G.
Hammond & Christina Scull
4. The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (2015) edited Wayne G.
Hammond & Christina Scull

CRITICAL WORK
(MOST REFERENCED BY CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN)
1. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth: From The Hobbit to The Silmarillion
by Robert Foster (1971; revised 2001)
2. The Complete Tolkien Companion by J. E. A. Tyler (1976; revised 2012)
3. The Atlas of Middle-earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad (1981; revised 2001)
4. Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings by
Barbara Strachey (1981)
5. The Road to Middle-earth by Tom Shippey (1982; revised 2003)
6. J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century by Tom Shippey (2000)

AUDIO
The J. R. R. Tolkien Audio Collection (2001; 4CDs) read by J. R. R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien

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