A Select Bibliography

of Works about

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973)


Tolkien: Biography

Humphrey Carpenter. Tolkien.  Rev. ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

Daniel Grotta-Kurska. J. R. R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth. Philadelphia: Running  

   Press, 1976.

John Garth. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth. Boston:

   Houghton Mifflin, 2003.

Michael White. J. R. R. Tolkien. Indianapolis, IN: Alpha Books, 2002.


Douglas A. Anderson & Marjorie J. Burns (eds.) On Tolkien: Interviews, Reminiscences

   and Other Essays. Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Tolkien: Reference Works

Richard Blackwelder. A Tolkien Thesaurus. New York: Garland, 1990.

Colin Duriez. The J. R. R. Tolkien Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to his Life,

   Writings and World of Middle‑earth. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992.

Robert Foster. The Complete Guide to Middle‑earth; From the Hobbit to the

   Silmarillion. New York: Ballantine, 1978.

Greg Harvey. The Origins of Tolkienís Middle-earth for Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley,


Judith A. Johnson. J. R. R. Tolkien: Six Decades of Criticism. Westport, CT :   

   Greenwood, 1986. [An annotated bibliography]

Michael W. Perry. Untangling Tolkien: A Chronology and Commentary for The Lord of

   the Rings. Seattle: Inkling Books, 2003.

Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond. The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide.

   Houghton Mifflin, 2005. [1. Readerís Guide.ó2. Chronology]

J. E. A. Tyler. The New Tolkien Companion. New York: St. Martin's, 1979.


Tolkien: Geography

Karen Wynn Fonstad. The Atlas of Middle-earth. Rev. ed. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin,  


Brian Sibley & John Howe. The Maps of Tolkienís Middle-earth. Mythopoeic Press,



Tolkien: Languages

Jim Allen. An Introduction to Elvish. Rome, Somerset, Eng.: Branís Head, 1978.

Ruth S. Noel. The Languages of Middle-earth. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980.

David Salo. A Gateway to Sindarin. University of Utah Press, 2004.

[N.B. There are also a number of excellent websites on the languages & alphabets]

Tolkien: Criticism

Brian Bates. The Real Middle-earth: Exploring the Magic and Mystery of the Middle

   Ages, J. R. R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. New York: Palgrave, 2002.

Bradley J. Birzer. J.R.R. Tolkienís Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth.

   Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2002.

Jane Chance. The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power. Rev. ed. Lexington:  

   University Press of Kentuky, 2001.

Jane Chance. Tolkienís Art: A Mythology for England. Rev. ed. Lexington: University 

   Press of Kentucky, 2001.

Katharyn W. Crabbe. J.R.R. Tolkien. Rev. & expanded ed. New York: Continuum, 1988.

Patrick Curry. Defending Middle-earth: Tolkien, Myth and Modernity. New York: St.

   Martinís, 1997.

Verlyn Flieger. Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkienís Mythology. Kent State

   University Press, 2005.

Verlyn Flieger. A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkienís Road to Faerie. Kent State

   University Press, 1997.

Verlyn Flieger. Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkienís World. Rev. ed. Kent

   State University Press, 2002.

Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall, Edmund Weiner. The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the

   Oxford English Dictionary. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Christopher Grabowski. Recovery and Transcendence for the Contemporary Mythmaker:

   The Spiritual Dimension in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Zurich, SZ: Walking Tree,


William H. Green. The Hobbit: A Journey into Maturity. New York: Twayne, 1995.

Paul H. Kocher. Master of Middle‑earth: The Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien. Boston:   

   Houghton Mifflin, 1972.

Peter Kreeft. The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings.

   Ignatius Press, 2005.

Stuart Lee & Elizabeth Solopova. The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval

   Literature through the Fiction of J. R. Tolkien. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Alex Lewis & Elizabeth Currie. The Uncharted Realms of Tolkien: A Critical Study of

   the Text, Context, and Subtext in the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Weston Rhyn, UK:  

   Medea Publishing, 2002.

Joseph Pearce. Tolkien: Man and Myth. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1998.

Deborah W. Rogers & Ivor A. Rogers. J. R. R. Tolkien. Boston: Twayne, 1980.

Brian Rosebury. Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon. New York: Macmillan, 2003.

Fleming Rutledge. The Battle for Middle-earth: Tolkienís Divine Design in the Lord of

   the Rings. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.

T. A. Shippey. The Road to Middle-earth. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983.

T. A. Shippey. J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Mary Eddy Smith. Tolkienís Ordinary Virtues: Exploring the Spiritual Themes of the

   Lord of the Rings. Downerís Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 2002.

Michael N. Stanton. Hobbits, Elves and Wizards: Exploring the Wonders and Worlds of

   J.R.R. Tolkienís The Lord of the Rings. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Ralph C. Wood. The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle- 

   earth. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.

Tolkien: Collections of Essays

Gregory Bassham & Eric Bronson (ed.) The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One

   Book to Rule Them All. Chicago: Open Court, 2003.

K. J. Battarbee (ed.) Scholarship and Fantasy: Proceedings of the Tolkien Phenomenon

   (May 1992 Turku, Finland) University of Turku, 1993.

Harold Bloom (ed.) Modern Critical Interpretations: J.R.R. Tolkienís Lord of the Rings.

   Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House, 2000.

Peter Buchs & Thomas Honegger (eds.) News From the Shire and Beyond: Studies on

   Tolkien. Zurich, SZ: Walking Tree, 1997.

Jane Chance (ed.) Tolkien and the Invention of Myth: A Reader. Lexington: University

   Press of Kentucky, 2004.

Jane Chance (ed.) Tolkien the Medievalist. London: Routledge, 2003.

Jane Chance & Alfred K. Siewers (eds.) Tolkienís Modern Middle Ages. Palgrave

   Macmillan, 2005.

George Clark & Daniel Timmons (eds.) J. R. R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances: 

   Views of Middle Earth. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2000.

Janet Brennan Croft (ed.) Tolkien on Film: Essays on Peter Jacksonís the Lord of the

   Rings. Mythopoeic Society, 2005.

Robert Eagleston (ed.) Reading The Lord of the Rings: New Writings on Tolkien's

   Trilogy. Continuum, 2006.

Verlyn Flieger & Carl F. Hostetter (eds.) Tolkienís Legendarium: Essays on the History 

   of Middle-earth. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2000.

Robert Giddings (ed.) J. R. R. Tolkien: This Far Land. Totowa, NJ: Barnes & Noble,


Wayne Hammond & Christina Scull (eds.) Proceedings of the Conference on ďThe Lord

   of the Rings, 1954-2004: Scholarship in Honor of Richard E. BlackwelderĒ.

   Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2005. 

Thomas Honegger (ed.) Reconsidering Tolkien. Zurich, SZ: Walking Tree, 2005.

Thomas Honegger (ed.) Root and Branch: Approaches towards Understanding Tolkien.

   Zurich, SZ: Walking Tree, 1999.

Thomas Honegger (ed.) Tolkien in Translation. Zurich, SZ: Walking Tree, 2003.

Thomas Honegger (ed.) Translating Tolkien: Text and Film. Zurich, SZ: Walking Tree,


Neil Isaacs & Rose Zimbardo (eds.) Understanding The Lord of the Rings: The Best of

   Tolkien Criticism. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

Neil Isaacs & Rose Zimbardo (eds.) Tolkien and the Critics. University of Notre Dame 

   Press, 1968.

Neil Isaacs & Rose Zimbardo (eds.) Tolkien: New Critical Perspectives. Lexington:

   University Press of Kentucky, 1981.

Jared Lobdell (ed.) A Tolkien Compass. 2nd ed. Chicago: Open Court, 2003.

Joseph Pearce (ed.) Tolkien: A Celebration. Collected Writings on a Literary Legacy. San

   Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999.

Mary Salu & Robert Farrell (eds.) J. R. R. Tolkien, Scholar and Storyteller: Essays in  

   Memoriam. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1979.


Tolkien: Periodicals

Tolkien Studies. 1-     (2004-    ). West Virginia University Press. 


Tolkien: Motion Pictures

The Hobbit [TV ; Animated] (1977) Directed by Jules Bass & Arthur Rankin. Screenplay

   by Romeo Muller (77 min.)

The Lord of the Rings [Animated] (1978) Directed by Ralph Bakshi. Screenplay by Chris

   Conkling & Peter S. Beagle (133 min.)

The Return of the King [TV / Animated] (1980) Directed by Jules Bass & Arthur Rankin.

   Screenplay by Romeo Muller (98 min.)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001 ; 178/208 min.).óThe Two

   Towers (2002 ; 179/223 min.).óThe Return of the King (2003 ; 201/251 min.).  

   Directed by Peter Jackson. Screenplay by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens,

   Stephen Sinclair.


                                                                                                                                                 PJS [rev. 5/06]


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