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Let's go. From Whimsy To World-Building The Tolkien Society says that devising an order for Tolkien's books is " almost impossible to be prescriptive about " — and while that's true, it doesn't stop them from trying.
As we'll get into, an in-fiction chronological order wouldn't be a great way to ease oneself into the world Tolkien created, nor would reading the books in the order he wrote them which doesn't even match up with the order they were published in.
Similarly, a full completionist order would only be of real interest to someone who's already a hardcore Tolkien fan looking to do a re-read or to fill in any gaps in their Middle-earth knowledge. Introducing someone to the books calls for a simplified list.
Finishing "The Lord of The Rings" led to further changes which were eventually rolled into "The Silmarillion," even though that book is largely concerned with events that precede "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" — and it was drafted before both novels were written.
The decades-long development of "The Silmarillion" had some to do with the commercial viability of the text, but it's also plainly more difficult to read without being introduced to many of its concepts by the far more digestible novels that were published before it. Let's put it this way: You'll know if you have the stomach for the heavy-duty world-building at work in "The Silmarillion" if you're still hungry for more after finishing up the earlier books on the list.
Professor First, Author Second? You might say this is a perfect encapsulation of how potent Tolkien's world-building practice was — after having devoted himself to creating Middle-earth for some time already, his newer ideas for smaller, more focused stories could all be supported and informed by the myths, legends, languages and peoples he had already invested in.
Tolkien was actually building backwards from the world that surrounded him. Middle-earth is supposed to be our Earth a long time ago, and Tolkien started drafting his grand mythopoeic origin story of our world over two decades before "The Hobbit" was published.
The tale of Bilbo Baggins started as a children's story with little-to-no connections back to his established lore, but in finishing the story for publication Tolkien brought the story into the fold of his "dominant construction," Middle-earth.
Before making that canonical link and publishing "The Hobbit," Tolkien essentially spent years making what would have amounted to little more than a curious passion pursuit of a humble Oxford professor had his publisher contacts rejected his manuscripts.
The secret sauce to Tolkien's fiction, both in its literary and commercial appeals, is the depth and detail of the world he created.
Getting to "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" required that huge investment of time and energy on Tolkien's part, but a reader doesn't need to wade through all of that material to get the full impact. If you've ever been dissuaded from dipping a toe into Tolkien's work because you thought you'd be expected to learn Elvish or know the entire history of the world before popping in on the residents of The Shire, worry not.
Tolkien's authorial genius and generosity are on full display in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" — it's the later, posthumously published texts that prove to be a little harder to engage with. Tolkien to understand the man, you could read "The Father Christmas Letters.
He must have poured hours into the letters, each a combination of carefully crafted storytelling, extraordinary penmanship and colorful illustration. Seriously, take a peek at them — they demonstrate the same creativity and whimsy Tolkien brought to "The Hobbit" and "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. Thousands of pages of Tolkien's work have been published posthumously under the care of his family, most notably by his third son, Christopher.
When J. Huge canonical contradictions presented themselves at every turn, largely because of the fact that the whole canon of Middle-earth changed as a result of finishing "The Lord of the Rings": It was inevitable that "The Lord of the Rings" must alter "The Silmarillion," because having once been — as I have said — an enclosed myth, with a beginning and an end — it now has the vast extension.
And in "The Lord of the Rings" there are major figures who come out of the Elder Days, out of the primeval world of "The Silmarillion"; chief among them, Galadriel.
So a great deal of writing back would have to be done. But my father being who he was, this writing back would never be a simple thing because he — when Galadriel enters out of "The Lord of the Rings" into the world of the Elves in Valinor new stories begin.
Tolkien " While many fans were excited to receive a finished version of "The Silmarillion" in , they did not spare it from criticism.
Setting the differences in style from "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" aside, readers accused Christopher Tolkien of having invented too much of the book from whole cloth — a subject that's grown increasingly complex after more and more of J. The effect of Christopher's editorial decisions are a thorny issue on the basis of constructing a sensible canon alone, but they're also demonstrative of issues that plague any fandom of significant size.
With "The Silmarillion," Christopher faced the formidable task of presenting a version of his own father's unfinished work that both respected the source material and felt complete. If he had tried to release something like the volume "History of Middle-earth" in the seventies, he would've been skewered every which way by fans of his father's work and by a literary community that at the time was far less interested in legitimizing serious study of Tolkien's work.
In short, Christopher Tolkien was stuck picking between a number of unpleasant choices. He could present a version of "The Silmarillion" he personally deemed printable but that would never live up to expectations set by fans; hide the contents of his father's brilliant-yet-incomplete manuscripts from the world indefinitely; or release their unedited contents to an audience that, at the time, would be largely uninterested in wading through it all.
Christopher Tolkien made a tough choice that nonetheless resulted in more of his father's brilliant work reaching the public eye. Fans are certainly allowed their opinions about the editorial impact on the posthumous works, but someone was inevitably going to call those shots — and it might as well be someone raised by J. Tolkien himself.
No offense to fans of the movies, but the three-part "Hobbit" adaptation sort of proved Christopher right. It's pretty uncontroversial to say that they didn't live up to the highs of Jackson's earlier "Lord of the Rings" adaptations, and they certainly played it pretty loose in terms of sticking to canon Hi Tauriel, nice to meet you for the first time ever. Tolkien reading excerpts from The Hobbit, including the dwarves' party song, the account of their capture by the three trolls, and Bilbo Baggins's creepy encounter with the hideous Gollum.
Only this is a reason to buy the enhanced edition! For those who have read the book before, or for first timers, the new enhanced version offers the premier experience with this classic by adding audio and video extras within the story. What is so different about this edition?
Right from the beginning you know you're in a different type of e-book. This enhanced edition contains a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, best known as the editor of much of his father's posthumously published work like The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle-earth.
Other enhancements throughout the book include a readings by the author and all of Tolkien's own drawings and full-color illustrations, including images from the original manuscript, the dust jacket design and all famous and some lesser known art by Tolkien.
What about the audio parts? You will especially love to hear J. Tolkien sing 'Chips the glasses and crack the plates' in Chapter 1, read the famous 'Riddles in the Dark' and an impressive 'Roast Mutton'. To hear the professor singing a song from the text really gives the reader a feel for his creative vision. You can hear each audio enhancement as you read the book, or go to the Images, Illustrations And Audio tab in the Table of Contents to hear several in a row.