In which order should I read...

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  1. HybridK03

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    Okay, I couldn't decide where to put this exactly, so please forgive me if it should have been somewhere else. I have yet to read all the JRRT books (don't kill me! :D ). Here is my question:

    In what order should they be read? I am currently starting with the Hobbit and from what I understand the LOTR trilogy should come next, but there are a lot of books about Middle Earth. I just found out about yet another one today, Morgoth's Ring: The Later Silmarillion, Part One (The History of Middle-Earth - Volume 10) by Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien.

    And what about the War of the Ring? I'm so confused! :confused:

    It seems to me like there has to be some proper order in which the books should be read in order to fully understand what is going on. My thinking is that this order may not be the order that they were released in, due to the descriptions that some of the books have. :confused:

    I know it's a lot to ask, but can someone please make a list in order of which books to read? I have thousands of posts on other types of message boards, but I truly am a n00b when it comes to the JRRT Middle Earth stuff. Thanks! :)
     
  2. Eàmanë

    Eàmanë formally Nevaeh

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    That's a fair question...I'd say the War of the Ring comes before the hobbit...mind you, I haven't read anything besides the hobbit and LOTR....
    ...and the others, I don't know which order to read those, but definitly after LOTR, if I remember correctly.

    **scratches head**

    I hope this helps a little...:)
     
  3. HybridK03

    HybridK03 KID A

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    Thank you, thank you!! Does anyone else have any imput? About all the other books? :)
     
  4. Lady_of_Shalott

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    My adivce:

    Read The Hobbit
    Then LOTR
    Then the Silmarillion even though the stuff that takes place in it happens way before LOTR, you need to read LOTR to get most of the stuff.
    Then the History of Middle-earth (in order)
    Then the Lost Tales and any other Tolkien books you can find.

    The Lost Tales, and the History of Middle-earth are basically like extra stuff, more details. It's better to have a good understanding of the basics before delving into the deeper stuff.

    The War of the Ring does not come before the Hobbit. The War of the Ring is basically what LOTR is all about. There was a battle with Sauron in the Second Age, when the Ring was taken from him. That's probably what you're thinking of.
     
  5. Turin

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    you forgot UT!! lol

    My advise

    Hobbit
    LOTR
    Silmarilion
    Unfinished Tales
    Then the History of middle earth in whatever order suits you. Many of these books are "rough drafts" of some of the other stuff. Sheds new light and greater detail on some things.
     
  6. Doyler

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    As for other books like The adventures of Tom Bondali etc. They are stand alone texts and dont really come into being with the Ages, but still Tom B is a complex and it will probably help you understand him better in the one chapter in lotr he has. But I haven't read it so cant really comment onit. I jsut know that and some other (leaf by a niggle for example) are stand alones. If you get what I mean.
     
  7. Turin

    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    I have the story of Tom B. in a book I found in a used book store. I have not read it yet tho.
     
  8. Radagast

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    I think Turins list reflects my thoughts. When you get up into UT and beyond, its alot more information to handle, but it is very interesting to read.
     
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    Doyler King of Dragons

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    what..awww man you got to tell me what its like when you read it.
     
  10. Turin

    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    you feel enlightened
     
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    You feel overjoyed...
     
  12. Rankin

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    i would have to say

    the hobbit
    history of middle eart
    LOTR
    The silmarillion
    then the rest of the books
    this order leads you up to the LOTR explaining what every place is about and why they have to travel through these places to reach mordor!
     
  13. Turin

    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    Personally I liked LOTR the best and it got me hooked on the rest. Were it not for that I would have never made it through the first few chapters of the Sil.
     
  14. HybridK03

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    This is kinda what I was thinking after doing a lot of asking around and a bit of my own research. Thanks for all the input everyone! :)
     
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    No problem
     
  16. Fingon

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    I strongly suggest reading "The Hobbit" first, then "The Silmarillion" and finally "The Lord of the Rings", then you can continue on to others. They are all wonderful books, especially the Silmarillion, Tolkien wrote it after "the Hobbit" and "the Lord of the Rings", and he died before he could finish it.
    *bows his head in honor of the greates of the best J.R.R. Tolkien*
    ~Fingon
     
  17. Kain

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    In fact, Tokien wrote most of the Silmarillion BEFORE Hobbit and LOTR. And I really think that
    the first book to read is Lord of the Rings. But if you have started Hobbit already, that's
    fine too, it really doesn't matter that much; but you should definately read Lord of the
    Rings next. If you want well written and well argumented information about this stuff,
    visit the page: http://greatsfandf.com/AUTHORS/JRRTolkien.shtml
     
  18. mz-readaholic

    mz-readaholic Use The Force

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    hobbit
    lotr
    silmarillion
    then the other ones... im not sure what all of them are.
     
  19. bonnie banks

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    I`d definately recommend reading the Hobbit before LOTR .You will get to know and love Bilbo as Bilbo, rather than meet him as Frodo`s uncle.

    After these you will want to devour everything else to keep the tolkien experience going.

    Enjoy, I`m jealous of you getting to read LOTR for the first time :cool: