Which Tolkien Book Should You Read Next? (Flow Chart)

Have you already read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and are wondering where to go next?  Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the books by Tolkien you could read?  We have you covered!  Simply use our handy flow chart to determine your next Tolkien read!

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24 thoughts on “Which Tolkien Book Should You Read Next? (Flow Chart)

    • Krysta says:

      Well, thanks to his son I guess he has two lifetimes worth of publications! I couldn’t fit them all on the graph sadly, but I hope you enjoy some of his verse works!

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  1. GloryToGodAlone says:

    I’ve started reading Tree and Leaf (On Fairy Stories + Leaf by Niggle) not long ago. Before that I read Smith of Wootton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham. I haven’t followed the above chart.
    The first Tolkien book I read was actually The Children of Hurin which I know isn’t really for those who haven’t read at least another Middle-earth-related book before that since it’d be all new characters and places to one ignorant of the chronology and stuff like that but it was the first Tolkien book I got and for free 🙂 so I decided to read it first, then got other books by and about Tolkien and I intend to read them all, perhaps not going by the chart but nevertheless I’ll read as many Tolkien and Tolkien-related books as I have and will yet buy.
    I might consult that chart, though if I for some reason can’t decide which book to read next (assuming I have it).
    Thank you for the post, Krysta(Pages Unbound).

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    • Krysta says:

      The chart is just for fun, not an official list of the order you should read the books in, so your order sounds fine to me! I love The Children of Hurin a lot so I’m glad you’ve read it, too! It’s emotionally draining to read, but I think very moving.

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      • GloryToGodAlone says:

        Plus the Children of Hurin story shows up in part in the Silmarillion, which I read. Hurin is an interesting and tragic story, and isn’t like LOTR or Hobbit, meaning it’s its own thing, basically, can’t say they’re same or similar, they’re separate stories with a few connections, but all great books, though Silmarillion’s probably most challenging and not really for any undisciplined or easily-distracted reader 🙂

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        • Krysta says:

          I absolutely love The Simarillion, but I think it does intimidate some readers so I’m glad that we have The Children of Hurin now. I like to recommend it to people so they can get a taste of what’s in The Silmarilion without committing to the whole thing.

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          • GloryToGodAlone says:

            There’s also the recently released Beren and Luthien book which I haven’t read but I did read the whole Silmarillion which includes Beren and Luthien story, but I don’t know what’s going to be the difference between the Beren and Luthien book and Silmarillion. I guess the Beren and Luthien book can also be recommended like you said about the Children of Hurin book.

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            • Krysta says:

              Yes, indeed I suspect Beren and Luthien can also be recommended! I didn’t put it on the chart because I haven’t read it yet (and, well, not all of Tolkien’s works can fit on there anyway!). I’ve had Beren and Luthien on hold at the library since before it was released, but, alas, two people beat me to it and one person returned it way late. Which I think was rather rude considering the waiting list.

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  2. Nandini Bharadwaj says:

    I’m going to be bookmarking this one because I haven’t read all of Tolkien works and really need to get a move on. Hopefully this will motivate me to. I’m planning to read The Silmarillion and The Unfinished Tales this September. 🙂

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    • Krysta says:

      I’m still working through all of Tolkien’s works myself. There are just so many of them! But I suppose it’s about time I tackled The History of Middle-earth. But The Silmarillion may be my favorite! 🙂

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