Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week is a “freebie” topic, so I am choosing
Top Ten Books Relating to J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Master of Middle-Earth: The Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien by Paul H. Kocher: This was one of the first books about Tolkien I read, and it has remained a favorite ever since.
3. The History of the Hobbit Part One: Mr. Baggins by John D. Rateliff: An absolutely enthralling exploration of the making of The Hobbit. The second part is doubtless as good as the first, though I have not read it yet.
4. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter: A vital book for anyone studying Tolkien. Read Tolkien’s own explanations of characters, events, and other parts of The Lord of the Rings.
6. Beowulf by Anonymous: This epic poem, and Anglo-Saxon culture in general, was very influential to Tolkien’s work.
7. Understanding the Lord of the Rings ed. by Rose A. Zimbardo and Neil D. Isaacs: A collection of essays on a variety of topics, this is a great introduction to Tolkien criticism.
8. J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, and Religion by Richard Purtill: Read in conjunction with Kreeft’s book.
10. Unfinished Tales: The Lost Lore of Middle-Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien: A fascinating look at some of the stories of Middle-Earth that never made it to complete publication.