A Guide Into Reading J.R.R Tolkien Books in Order
JRR Tolkien’s stories are intertwined in a magnificent way, and some of his books were even published posthumously by his son. We’ll put his books in chronological order of publication so that you can get a better sense of his fantasy world, and then you can shuffle around as you like.
1. The Hobbit (1937)
This book tells the story of the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who lives in Bag End, and was originally published as a children’s short story before being banned several times, the most recent of which was in New Mexico, where it was thought to contain satanic themes.
2. The Lord of the Rings (1954)
The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien, was published in 1945 and is set in Middle-earth and tells the story of the wizard Sauron. It was written for adults rather than children and explored themes such as religion, mythology, and Tolkien’s personal experiences during WW1.
3. The Silmarillion (1977)
Many of the stories in Unfinished Tales were later reprinted in The Silmarillion, in which Tolkien combined mythological themes, fiction, and archetypes under one cover. The book is divided into five parts, each of which explores the universe of Eu00e4 or “the World that Is.”
4. Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth (1980)
After Tolkien’s death, his son edited and published this collection of short stories, which expand on existing parts of The Lord of the Rings and bring back many beloved characters such as Gandalf. Many consider The Unfinished Tales to be some of Tolkien’s best writing.
5. The History of Middle-earth (1983 to 1996)
The History of Middle-earth, written by Tolkien’s son between 1983 and 1996, is one of the most comprehensive works of literary archeology, bringing together material from The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings, and other works to create a journey inside Tolkien’s creative thinking while creating this world.
6. Tales from the Perilous Realm (1997)
Farmer Giles of Ham, Smith of Wootton Major, Leaf by Niggle are included in the Harper Collins edition of Tales from the Perilous Realm, which is a collection of Tolkien’s short stories and poems that do not all take place in Middle-earth.
7. The Children of Húrin (2007)
The backstory of this book is about Morgoth, the antagonist, and how he escaped imprisonment. After escaping from Morgoth, Turin was sent to live in the lands of the Elves, Doriath.
JRR Tolkien wrote poetry, essays, short stories, and novellas, many of which can be found in multiple books under different titles; for example, “Smith of Wootton Major” was published as a standalone book.
Many people believe JRR Tolkien’s ability to create worlds is superior to that of any other writer, and some of Tolkien’s works have been adapted to other forms of media, such as radio or film. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
What is the order of JRR Tolkien’s books?
Here’s how to read the books in order:
- The Hobbit (1937)
- The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
- The Two Towers (1954)
- The Return of the King (1955)
- The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962)
- The Silmarillion (1977)
- The Children of Hrin (2007)
- Any other Middle-earth stories attributed to J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien.
What is JRR Tolkien’s most popular book?
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien are two of the most popular books among Facebook users (behind the Harry Potter series and To Kill a Mockingbird).
What were Tolkien’s two most famous books?
The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and More by J.R.R. Tolkien | SPY.
What order should I play the middle-earth games in?
Video games with role-playing elements
- The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (2007)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (2004)
- The Lord of the Rings: Tactics (2005)
- The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (2011)
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014)
- Elendor (1991)
- MUME (1992)
- The Two Towers (1994)
Is Lord of the Rings hard to read?
I’ve seen the movies a lot of times, but I’ve never read the books. There’s nothing particularly difficult about the book other than it being long and (in some people’s experience) slow-paced.
What happened to Tolkien’s friends?
Yes, the true story behind the Tolkien film confirms that two of the four members of the Tea Club, Barrovian Society, were killed in the First World War.
Did Tolkien fight in World War 2?
Tolkien was earmarked as a codebreaker in the run-up to WWII, and in January 1939, he was asked to serve in the Foreign Office’s cryptographic department in the event of a national emergency.
What is the best book in the Lord of the Rings?
My personal favorite is Book I (the first part of The Fellowship of the Ring). It has the best and most fantastic parts (the mysterious Black Riders chasing the Hobbits, the creepy old forest, Tom Bombadil, the Barrow-wights, Weathertop).
How many books are set in Middle-Earth?
The Middle-earth Book Series ( 12 Books ) is a series of books about the history of Middle-earth.
What should I read after Lord of the Rings?
8 books that are similar to The Lord of the Rings
- Alison Croggon’s The Naming
- J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
- Terry Brooks’ The Sword of Shannara
- Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonsong
- Stephen R. Donaldson’s The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: The Unbeliever
- N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon
How was Middle-earth created?
The world of Middle-earth was created by Eru Iluvatar, a supreme being of the universe similar to the Christian God who gave birth to all creatures, from birth to near destruction in the War of the Ring.
How many Hobbit books are there?
Although technically there are two u201chobbitu201d books, Peter Jackson only has film rights to one of them.
How many LOTR books are there?
The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King are the three books that make up The Lord of the Rings.