Books by J.R.R. Tolkien

A Middle English Vocabulary. The Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1922. (This is presently bound in with Fourteenth Century Verse & Prose, ed. Kenneth Sisam, from Oxford University Press.) A glossary of Middle English words for students.

Sir Gawain & The Green Knight. Ed. J.R.R. Tolkien and E.V. Gordon. The Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1925. (Now available in a second edition edited by Norman Davis.) A modern translation of the Middle English romance from the stories of King Arthur.

The Hobbit: or There and Back Again. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. (There was a second edition in 1951, and a third in 1966. Reprinted many times.) The bedtime story for his children famously begun on the blank page of an exam script that tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves in their quest to take back the Lonely Mountain.

Farmer Giles of Ham. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1949. A faux medieval tale of a farmer and his adventures with giants, dragons, and the machinations of courtly life.

The Fellowship of the Ring: being the first part of The Lord of the Rings. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954. Second edition, 1966. (abbreviated to FotR, note The Lord of the Rings is usually abbreviated to LotR) One of the world’s most famous books that continues the tale of the ring Bilbo found in The Hobbit and what comes next for it, him, and his nephew Frodo.

The Two Towers: being the second part of The Lord of the Rings. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954. Second edition, 1966. (abbreviated to TT) The continuation of the story begun in FotR as Frodo and his companions continue their various journeys.

The Return of the King: being the third part of The Lord of the Rings. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1955. Second edition, 1966. (abbreviated to RotK) The conclusion of the story that we began in FotR and the perils faced by Frodo etc.

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1962. A collection of 16 ‘hobbit’ verses & poems taken from ‘The Red Book of Westmarch’.

Ancrene Wisse: The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle. Early English Text Society, Original Series No. 249. Oxford University Press, London, 1962. An edition for scholars of the ‘Rule’ for a female mediæval religious order.

Tree and Leaf. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1964. New edition, incorporating “Mythopoeia”, Unwin Hyman, London, 1988. Reprints Tolkien’s lecture “On Fairy-Stories” and his short story “Leaf by Niggle”.

Smith of Wootton Major. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1967. A short story by Tolkien telling the tale of a small English village and its customs, its Smith, and his journeys into Faery.

The Road Goes Ever On: A Song Cycle. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1967; George Allen and Unwin, London, 1968. (Second edition in 1978.) A collection of 8 songs, 7 from LotR, set to music by Donald Swann.

Bilbo’s Last Song. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1974. Originally produced as a poster image illustrated by Pauline Baynes, reprinted several times. First published as hardback with new illustrations by Baynes by Unwin Hyman in 1990.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1975. Tolkien’s translations of these Middle English poems collected together.

The Father Christmas Letters. Ed. Baillie Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1976. A collection of Tolkien’s own illustrated letters from Father Christmas to his children.

The Silmarillion. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1977. Tolkien’s own mythological tales, collected together by his son and literary executor, of the beginnings of Middle-earth (and the tales of the High Elves and the First Age) which he worked on rewrote over more than 50 years.

Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1979. Revised edition, HarperCollins, London, 1992. A collection of Tolkien’s various illustrations and pictures.

Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1980. More tales from Tolkien’s notes and drafts of the First, Second, and Third, Ages of Middle-earth giving readers more background on the parts of LotR and The Silmarillion.

Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. Ed. Humphrey Carpenter with Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1981. Tolkien wrote many letters and kept copies of them or his drafts and these give readers all sorts of insights into his literary creations.

The Old English ‘Exodus’. Ed. Joan Turville-Petre. The Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1981. Tolkien’s translation with notes and commentary of the Old English poem.

Mr. Bliss. George Allen & Unwin, London, 1982. A delightful illustrated story for children of a man’s misadventures.

Finn and Hengest: The Fragment and the Episode. Ed. Alan Bliss. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1982. Tolkien’s translations and commentaries on the Old English texts for lectures he gave in the 1920s.

The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1983. A collection of 7 lectures or essays by Tolkien covering Beowulf, Gawain, and On Fairy Stories.

Roverandom. Ed. Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond. HarperCollins, London, 1998. In the 1920s a toy dog was lost on a seaside holiday, to cheer his son up Tolkien created a story of the dog’s adventures.

Tales from the Perilous Realm. HarperCollins, London, 1997. (Contains: Farmer Giles of Ham, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, “Leaf by Niggle” and Smith of Wootton Major.)

The Children of Húrin. Ed. Christopher Tolkien with illustrations by Alan Lee. HarperCollins, London, 2007. Christopher Tolkien’s collation of the various versions his father wrote of the story of Túrin Turambar into one seamless novel.

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. HarperCollins, London 2009. Tolkien’s own versions of the story of Sigurd and his wife Gudrún, one of the great legends of Northern antiquity.

The Fall of Arthur. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. HarperCollins, London 2013. A collation of Tolkien’s versions of the tale of the end of the Arthurian story cycle wherein Arthur’s realm is destroyed by Mordred’s treachery, with commentary by Christopher Tolkien.

The Story of Kullervo. Ed. Verlyn Flieger. HarperCollins, London 2015. First publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by Tolkien based on the Finnish Kalevala with the author’s drafts, notes and lecture-essays on its source-work.

The History of Middle-earth series: 

A series of books working through Tolkien’s various drafts and iterations of stories, a treasure trove of literary endeavour and a boon to Tolkien scholars.

The Book of Lost Tales, Part I. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1983.

The Book of Lost Tales, Part II. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1984.

The Lays of Beleriand. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1985.

The Shaping of Middle-earth. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1986.

The Lost Road and Other Writings. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. Unwin Hyman, London, 1987.

The Return of the Shadow. Christopher Tolkien. Unwin Hyman, London, 1988.

The Treason of Isengard. Christopher Tolkien. Unwin Hyman, London, 1989.

The War of the Ring. Christopher Tolkien. Unwin Hyman, London, 1990.

Sauron Defeated. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. HarperCollins, London, 1992.

Morgoth’s Ring. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. HarperCollins, London, 1993.

The War of the Jewels. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. HarperCollins, London, 1994.

The Peoples of Middle-earth. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. HarperCollins, London, 1996.

Complied by Charles E. Noad and updated (12/2015) by Ian Collier.

 

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