J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

This is a complete list of J.R.R. Tolkien books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series or category.

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List of The Lord of the Rings Books in Publication Order

List of Middle-Earth Universe Books in Publication Order

List of The History of Middle-Earth Books in Publication Order

List of History Of The Lord Of The Rings Collections in Publication Order

List of Tales of Middle Earth Books in Publication Order

List of Later Silmarillion Collections in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
10
Tales from the Perilous Realm
1949
2
10
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
1962
3
Tree and Leaf
1964
4
8
The Tolkien Reader
1966
5
Poems and Stories
1971
6
8.7
Letters from Father Christmas
1976
7
7.8
The Silmarillion
1977
8
8.7
Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth
1980
9
The Peoples of Middle-earth
1996
10
A Tolkien Miscellany
2002
11
10
The Fall of Arthur
2013
12
10
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo (With: Christopher Tolkien, Unknown)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo (With: Christopher Tolkien, Unknown)
2021
13
The Battle of Maldon (With: Peter Grybauskaus)
The Battle of Maldon (With: Peter Grybauskaus)
2023

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of J.R.R. Tolkien Anthologies in Publication Order

J.R.R. Tolkien: Biography

J.R.R. Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel Tolkien) was born on January 3rd, 1892. J.R.R. passed away September 2nd, 1973 at 81 years old. J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

J.R.R. Tolkien was the author of the J.R.R. Tolkien Short Story Collections series which consists of 13 novels. The J.R.R. Tolkien Short Story Collections series started in 1949 with the novel Tales from the Perilous Realm. The most recently released novel in the J.R.R. Tolkien Short Story Collections series was The Battle of Maldon which was released in 2023. There are no upcoming novels for the J.R.R. Tolkien Short Story Collections series.

There is a film titled Tolkien that was filmed in 2019 that is based on the early life of English professor and author of several noteworthy novels including the famous Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien.

Tolkien was inducted into the Nielsen Bestseller Awards' 21st Century Platinum Hall of Fame for his Platinum Bestselling Lord of the Rings trilogy.

J.R.R. Tolkien: Awards & Accolades

Tolkien's book, Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth won the Mythopoeic Award, Fantasy Award, in 1981.

J.R.R. Tolkien books have also been nominated for multiple awards, The Book of Lost Tales, Part One was nominated for the Mythopoeic Award, Fantasy Award, in 1985. Tales from the Perilous Realm was nominated for the Audie Award, Best Audio Drama, in 2009.

J.R.R. Tolkien: Lists & Other Mentions

  • The Children of Húrin was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2007.

J.R.R. Tolkien: TV/Movies Based on Books

There was a TV miniseries made in 1993 titled Hobitit. The series was made in Finland and is based on a six-hour play, The Lord of the Rings, which was based on the novel of the same name. There were nine episodes with a run time of thirty minutes each. The other TV series titled The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is based on the novel The Lord of the Rings and its appendices. The series premiered on Amazon Video on September 1, 2022, and there is currently one season consisting of eight episodes available, but it is believed there is a five-season commitment.

J.R.R. Tolkien has several movie adaptations made from his works. Here is a list on order of release date:

The Hobbit (animated 1977) - This animated film for TV was based off the 1937 novel of the same name.

The Lord of the Rings (animated 1978) - This animated film was based off the 1968 novel of the same name.

The Return of the King (animated 1980) - The last of the animated films, this one was based off the novel of the same name.

The Fabulous Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins (1985) - This is a 1985 Soviet television play, being a loose adaption of the 1937 novel The Hobbit.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - This is the first movie in the trilogy widely known today and is based on the 1954 novel The Fellowship of the Ring.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) - This is the sequel to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and is based on the novel The Two Towers.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - The last movie of the trilogy that is based on the 1955 novel The Return of the King.

The Hunt for Gollum (2009) - This is a British fantasy fan film based on the novel The Lord of the Rings. The film was shot in high-definition video, with a budget of £3,000.

Born of Hope: The Ring of Barahir (2009) - This is also a British fan film based on the novel The Lord of the Rings. The film was directed by Kate Madison who spent her life savings of £8,000 on the film. An extra £17,000 was generated by posting a trailer online, raising the budget to £25,000.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) - This is the other widely known Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first in the series is based on the novel The Hobbit and is a prequel to the previous Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) - This one is the second film in the trilogy and is also based on the novel The Hobbit.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) - The final film in The Hobbit series and is also based on the novel The Hobbit.

The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim (2024) - This is another animated film that is set to be released on April 12, 2024. Even though the film is based on the novel The Lord of the Rings is supposed to be set 183 years before the events depicted in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.



J.R.R. Tolkien: Author Insights

The highest rated book by J.R.R. Tolkien on Book Notification is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo, a Collection novel.

The most read book by J.R.R. Tolkien on Book Notification is The Hobbit, the 1st novel in the The Lord of the Rings series.

The most common authors followed by users who also follow J.R.R. Tolkien are:

  1. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter Series.
  2. Stephen King, author of the The Dark Tower Series.
  3. Dan Brown, author of the Robert Langdon Series.
  4. Neil Gaiman, author of the American Gods Series.
  5. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.

J.R.R. Tolkien: F.A.Q

When was J.R.R. Tolkien Born?

J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3rd, 1892.

When did J.R.R. Tolkien die?

J.R.R. Tolkien died on September 2nd, 1973 at 81 years old.

Where was J.R.R. Tolkien Born?

J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

What book awards has J.R.R. Tolkien won?

Tolkien's book, Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth won the award Mythopoeic Award, Fantasy Award, in 1981.

What was the first book J.R.R. Tolkien wrote?

The first novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien was A Middle English Reader and Vocabulary, published in 1921.

What was the most recent book J.R.R. Tolkien wrote?

His most recently released work was The Battle of Maldon on June 6th, 2023.

How many books has J.R.R. Tolkien written?

J.R.R. Tolkien has written 52 books across 16 series.
  • 4 books in the The Lord of the Rings Series
  • 2 books in the Middle-Earth Universe Series
  • 8 books in the The History of Middle-Earth Series
  • 4 History Of The Lord Of The Rings Collections
  • 2 books in the Tales of Middle Earth Series
  • 1 Later Silmarillion Collections
  • 9 Standalone Novels
  • 1 Short Stories/Novellas
  • 13 Short Story Collections
  • 8 Non-Fiction Books

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    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    J.R.R. Tolkien is an epic and fine author of fantasy books. The debut novel in the Lord of Rings series, Fellowship of the Ring, is full of beautiful adventures, emotions, and exciting characters and creatures.
    Tolkien’s writing is superb, and I admire him for creating a complex detailed and entertaining world in his books. The elves are my best part of the middle earth
    Courage is found in odd places, and what began as an adventure turns into epic fantasy. In the Fellowship of the Ring, the leading characters are plagued with many doubts on whether they’ll succeed in their journey, yet they make it.
    The world-building and characterization of Frodo and Faramir are excellent. The movie series directed by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood, was on another level.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    1 year ago

    I made a vow this year that I would finally read The Silmarillion. My obsession with LOTR was sparked during my teenage years. And yet, for some reason, I never read The Silmarillion. It felt like such a daunting task for some reason.

    But now that I’ve put it firmly behind me, I don’t know why I was so hesitant to dip my toes into this book. First of all, it is smaller than I expected. Secondly, Tolkien’s language is simply exquisite. He took me on a journey unlike any I’ve encountered in several years.

    If you love LOTR, you have to read The Silmarillion. These two books go hand in hand, in my opinion. The Silmarillion provides context that makes Lord of the Rings a richer story.

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