Thursday Thirteen

Thursday 13 – Beyond The Hobbit

384px-Hobbit_cover-smallThere’s more to J. R. R. Tolkien’s work than just his wonderful stories The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  His short works, as well as his Unfinished Works and History of Middle Earth which his son Christopher compiled and had published are all fascinating reads. Here are some:

  1. The Simarillion
  2. Leaf by Niggle
  3. Farmer Giles of Ham
  4. Smith of Wooten Major
  5. Roverandom
  6. The Children of Húrin
  7. The Lays of Beleriand
  8. The Return of the Shadow
  9. The Treason of Isengard
  10. The War of the Ring
  11. The End of the Third Age
  12. Unfinished Tales
  13. The Lost Road and Other Writings

I love Tolkien’s world building and use of language. What did you enjoy best about Tolkien’s stories?

15 thoughts on “Thursday 13 – Beyond The Hobbit”

  1. Ah, I took a class “Tolkein and his sources” so I read lots and lots of Mythology and Folklore that he drew upon. I loved reading all his “myth” and seeing how it compared to Norse Mythology, etc.
    Great list. Love the Tolkein!

  2. I remember when I stated I didn’t like “The Hobbit” and the Ring series, someone suggested I try some of these. I didn’t get into any of these either. LOL. Just NOT a Tolkien fan. But at least I tried them all. “The Lost Road” was the most interesting and the only one on this list I remember.

  3. I read the Hobbit years ago, and I have the Lord of the Rings trilogy sitting right here on my desk to read. I also bought The Legend of Sigurd & Godrun by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Now I just have to find the time to read them. I’m one of those readers who gets nothing else accomplished until I’ve turned the last page of a good book.
    Happy T13!

  4. I’ve only read the Hobbit and LOTR and I THINK I read the Unfinished Tales, not long after I read the Hobbit. But I read them as a teen so I can’t say I remember much about them. The Hobbit I reread to my kids when they were young.

    Geeze, time it goes so fast.

  5. I’ve read Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales several times and I know I read some more of those, but I couldn’t name which ones. I always liked his incredible world building and languages. But even at 8, when I read LOTR for the first time, I was disappointed because there were no girls!

  6. I adored LOTR when I was a teenager. Read it I don’t know how many times and wrote my own music to his songs. Not such a fan these days. His writing seems slow and rather heavy now.

  7. I tried to read the Simarillion when I was younger but just couldn’t… get.. Never tried LOTRs.

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