J. R. R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE SILMARILLION. His books have been translated into more than 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Books by J. R. R. Tolkien

written by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, with illustrations by Alan Lee - Fantasy, Fiction

In this book, Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Lúthien from the comprehensive work in which it was embedded. But that story was itself changing as it developed new associations within the larger history. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, he has told the story in his father's own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.

written by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Verlyn Flieger - Fantasy, Fiction

Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother and tried three times to kill him when he was still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and the magical powers of the black dog Musti, who guards him. When Kullervo is sold into slavery, he swears revenge on the magician. But he will learn that even at the point of vengeance, there is no escape from the cruelest of fates. Published here for the first time with J.R.R. Tolkien’s drafts, notes and lecture essays on its source work, the Kalevala, THE STORY OF KULLERVO is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.

written by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien - Fantasy, Fiction, Literary Criticism

The translation of BEOWULF by J. R. R. Tolkien was an early work, very distinctive in its mode, completed in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seemed never to have considered its publication. This edition is twofold, for there exists an illuminating commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the written form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s; and from these lectures a substantial selection has been made, to also form a commentary on the translation in this book.

by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry

THE FALL OF ARTHUR, the only venture by J.R.R. Tolkien into the legends of Arthur King of Britain, may well be regarded as his finest and most skillful achievement in the use of the Old English alliterative metre. Unhappily, it was one of several long narrative poems that he abandoned. Associated with the text of the poem, however, are many manuscript pages in which the strange evolution of the poem’s structure is revealed, together with narrative synopses and very significant notes.

by J. R. R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien's three-book epic encompassing THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS, and THE RETURN OF THE KING) is a battle of good versus evil in the fictional world of Middle Earth.