Tolkien Reading Day

Tolkien reading day is all about celebrating Tolkien’s groundbreaking work and sharing it with new readers. Tolkien is undoubtedly one of the greatest writers of the last century, creating fantastical worlds and compelling characters in his novels. If you’ve never read Tolkien before, or if you’re a lifelong fan, check out our guide to his best work.

The Hobbit (1937)

Tolkien originally wrote The Hobbit for his own children, but it soon became a hit with young readers the world over. The book weaves a fantastical tale of mythical creatures from elves to dwarves, dragons and terrifying warlords, and of course, brave little hobbits with hairy feet.

The Lord of the Rings (1954)

Considered a masterpiece the world over, The Lord of the Rings follows hobbit, Frodo as he journeys to Mordor to destroy the One Ring that threatens the downfall of Middle-Earth. The story picks up after the end of The Hobbit and is filled with perilous adventures and fascinating characters.

The Silmarillion (1977)

The Silmarillion tells the story of the creation of the world which we come to know in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. The novel follows the ancient drama of the three Silmarils, powerful jewels created by the elf, Fëanor. A tale of rebellion, war and hope, Fëanor must rise up against the evil of Dark Lord Morgoth to save Middle-earth.

The Children of Hurin (2007)

The Children of Hurin was published after Tolkien’s other Middle-earth based fantasies, though the action takes place six thousand years before the One Ring is destroyed. Middle-earth is in the grip of the Dark Lord Morgoth and despair reins. When a new leader rises, Túrin, son of Húrin, the tides begin to turn.

The Fall of Arthur (2013)

Published posthumously in 2013, The Fall of Arthur is an epic poem with almost 1,000 verses, telling the story of the Saxon invasion and the legendary King Arthur’s final days. Tolkien originally abandoned the poem to get The Hobbit ready for publication and it remained unfinished until Tolkien’s son edited it.

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