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Books by Tolkien

Entries are listed by date of first publication, apart from The History of Middle-earth series, which has been kept together under date of publication of the first volume; after this, the date sequence recommences

  • 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.)

  • 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.)

  • Songs for the Philologists. Privately printed in the Department of English, University College, London, 1936. (Contains mainly humorous verses in Gothic, Old English, etc., by Tolkien, E.V. Gordon and others.)

  • 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 Annotated Hobbit, Introduction and Notes by Douglas A. Anderson, Houghton Mifflin, Boston and HarperCollins, London, 1988.

  • The Reeve's Tale. Ed. "J.R.R.T." Oxford, 1939. (A version of Chaucer's tale prepared for a recital at the yearly summer diversions in Oxford.)

  • Sir Orfeo. The Academic Copying Office, Oxford, 1944. (A version edited by Tolkien. Printed anonymously.)

  • Farmer Giles of Ham. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1949; 50th Anniversary Edition, ed. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, HarperCollins, London, 1999. The Fellowship of the Ring: being the first part of The Lord of the Rings. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954.

  • The Fellowship of the Ring: being the first part of The Lord of the Rings. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954.

  • The Two Towers: being the second part of The Lord of the Rings. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954.

  • The Return of the King: being the third part of The Lord of the Rings. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1955. (The Lord of the Rings saw a second edition in 1966. The work has been reprinted many times in both hardcover and paperback.)

  • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1962.

  • Ancrene Wisse: The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle. Early English Text Society, Original Series No. 249. Oxford University Press, London, 1962. (An edition of the Rule for a female medi?val religious order.)

  • Tree and Leaf. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1964. (Reprints Tolkien's lecture "On Fairy-Stories" and his short story "Leaf by Niggle".) New edition, incorporating "Mythopoeia", Unwin Hyman, London, 1988.

  • The Tolkien Reader. Ballantine, New York, 1966. (Contains "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorthelm's Son", Tree and Leaf, Farmer Giles of Ham and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.)

  • Smith of Wootton Major. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1967.

  • The Road Goes Ever On: A Song Cycle. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1967; George Allen and Unwin, London, 1968. (There was a second edition in 1978.) Bilbo's Last Song. Allen and Unwin, London, 1974. [As a poster; in book-form, Unwin Hyman, London, 1990.]

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1975. (Contains Tolkien's translations of the poems given in the title.)

  • The Father Christmas Letters. Ed. Baillie Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1976; reprinted (with minor omissions) in three mini-columes, HarperCollins, London, 1994; as Letters from Father Christmas. HoughtonMifflin, Boston, and HarperCollins, London, 1995.

  • The Silmarillion. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1977.

  • Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1979. (Contains reproductions of all the pictures by Tolkien in previous Allen and Unwin Tolkien Calendars.) Revised edition, HarperCollins, London, 1992.

  • Poems and Stories. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1980. (A deluxe edition containing The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son", "On Fairy-Stories", "Leaf by Niggle", Farmer Giles of Ham and Smith of Wootton Major.) Includes the illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Reprinted (Non-deluxe edition), HarperCollins, London, 1992.

  • Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1980.

  • Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. Ed. Humphrey Carpenter with Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1981; reissued with new index by Wayne G. Hammon and Christina Scull, HarperCollins, London, 1999.

  • The Old English 'Exodus'. Ed. Joan Turville-Petre. The Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1981. (Tolkien's translation.)

  • Mr. Bliss. George Allen & Unwin, London, 1982.

  • Finn and Hengest: The Fragment and the Episode. Ed. Alan Bliss. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1982. (Tolkien's translations and commentaries.)

  • The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. George Allen and Unwin, London, 1983.

The History of Middle-earth series:

  • 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.

Other books

  • Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien. HarperCollins, London, 1993. [Three mini-volumes with poems from The Hobbit and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.]

  • Poems from The Lord of the Rings. HarperCollins, London, 1994.

  • i.Lam na.Goldogrin: The Grammar and Lexicon of The Gnomish Tongue. Ed. Christopher Gilson, Patrick Wynne, Arden R. Smith and Carl F. Hostetter. Parma Eldalamberon 11, Walnut Creek, CA, 1995.

  • Roverandom. Ed. Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond. HarperCollins, London, 1998.

  • Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon together with The Poetic and Mythologic Words of Eldarissa. Ed. Christopher Gilson, Carl F. Hostetter, Patrick Wynne and Arden Smith. Parma Eldalamberon 12, Cupertino, CA, 1998.

  • 'From Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D' [containing '*Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Noldorin) words for Language', omitted from Morgoth's Ring], ed. Carl F. Hostetter. Vinyar Tengwar 39, Crofton, MD, July 1998.

  • 'Osanwe-kenta: "Enquiry into the Communication of Thought"', ed. Carl F. Hostetter. Vinyar Tengwar 39, Crofton, MD, July 1998.

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