Steven F. Boettcher's  J.R.R. Tolkien Page
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J.R.R. Tolkien is the author of two works of fiction known around the world, The Hobbit and The Lord Of the Rings.  What I want to do with this page is to bring awareness to the other works and writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, especially those that deal with his Middle-earth mythology.  The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place in Middle-earth, during the end of the Third Age.  Tolkien spent most of his life working on tales that comprise the First and Second Age of Middle-earth.


Color Code: Yellow - basic text.   White - my comentary.  Green - Time (Age) eg. The First Age. Purple - Title of story eg. Valaquenta. Blue - Names eg. Frodo, GandalfPink - Race eg. Elves, Hobbits, Men. Orange - Location eg. Middle-earth, Beleriand. Red - Objects eg. The One Ring. Light Fuscia - Hyperlink.


These are all the Tolkien books that I own.

Primary Works                     Middle-earth Tales                        Others

The Hobbit

The Lord Of The Rings
The Fellowship Of The Ring
The Two Towers
The Return Of The King

The Silmarllion












Unfinished_Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth

The History of Middle-earth
The Book Of Lost Tales: Part One   I
The Book Of Lost Tales: Part Two  II
The Lays Of Beleriand                     III
The Shaping Of Middle-earth          IV
The Lost Road                                      V
The Return Of The Shadow           VI
The Treason of Isengard                 VII
The War Of The Ring                    VIII
Sauron Defeated                                IX
Morgoth's Ring                                  X
The War Of The Jewels                   XI
The Peoples Of Middle-earth         XII

Bilbo's Last Song







The Adventures Of
  Tom Bombadi

Farmer Giles Of Ham

Tree By Niggle

The Smith Of
Wotton Major

Mr. Bliss


The Father Christmas

Tree and Leaf

The Letters Of
JRR Tolkien

The Pictures Of
JRR Tolkien

Sir Gawain And
The Green Knight

Finn And Hengest

Poems And Stories

The Road Goes Ever On

The Tolkien Reader

The Monsters & The Critics





          The Hobbit (Or There and Back Again)

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The Lord of the Rings

·        The Lord of the Rings is Sauron.  He created the One Ring by putting much of his powers into the ring.   Without the One Ring, Sauron was not as powerful as he was before he created the ring.  The One Ring controls the nine Rings of Men, the seven Dwarf Rings and the three Elf RingsSauron helped create all the rings except for the three elf rings and possibly one dwarf ring.  These rings possesfotr.jpg (16786 bytes)  magical powers and give the bearer unusual strength and powers.   Almost all of the dwarf rings have been lost, though Sauron has recovered a few.   Sauron has in his possession the nine rings of men.   With them he controls the Nazgul (Ringwraiths, Black Riders). Elrond and Galadriel each have an elf ring. The third elf ring was originally in the possession of the elf Cirdan, but he willing gave it up to "a messenger from the West". Frodo possesses the One Ring which rules over all of the magical rings. Frodo's uncle, Bilbo Baggins originally found the One Ring (see The Hobbit).   (To find out more about the One Ring see The Silmarillion - Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age.)

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The Silmarillion

·        The book was published after the author's death, though he started writing it in 1915 as  The Book of Lost Tales.

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Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth

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The History of Middle-Earth I
The Book of Lost Tales: Part One

History of Middle-Earth II
The Book Of Lost Tales: Part Two



The History of Middle-Earth III
The Lays of Beleriand

·         The Lay of the Children of Húrin

·         Poems early abandoned   The Flight of the Noldoli Lay of Eärendel The Lay of the Fall of Gondolin

·         The Lay of Leithian

·         The Lay of Leithian recommenced


The History of Middle-Earth IV
The Shaping of Middle-Earth

·         The Earliest 'Silmarillion' (The 'Sketch of the Mythology')

·         The Quenta [Noldorinwa]

·         The First 'Silmarillion' Map

·         The Ambarkanta

·         The Earliest Annals of Valinor

·         The Earliest Annals of Beleriand



The History of Middle-Earth V
The Lost Road and Other Writings

·         The story the Lost Road is an unfinished time travel novel (only a few chapters long) about
a father and son who travel back in time and eventually get to Numenor. This book also
has the earliest stories of the Fall of Numenor.

·         The Fall of Númenor

·         The Lost Road

·         The Later Annals of Valinor

·         The Later Annals of Beleriand

·         Ainulindalë

·         The Lhammas

·         Quenta Silmarillion

·         The Etymologies

·         The Genealogies

·         The List of Names

·         The Second 'Silmarillion' Map



The History of Middle-Earth VI
The History of The Lord of The Rings Part 1
The Return of the Shadow


·         Early drafts of the first book of the LOTR up to Moria.  Tolkien orignally named the main
character, Bingo. Also, Strider (named Trotter) was a hobbit.

·         The First Phase

·         The Second Phase

·         The Third Phase

·         The Story Continued



The History of Middle-Earth VII
The History of The Lord of The Rings Part 2
The Treason of Isengard


·         Early drafts of the first book of the LOTR up to Moria.  Tolkien orignally named the main
character, Bingo. Also, Strider (named Trotter) was a hobbit.

·         rewriting of Book I

·         Book II and III as far as ' The King of the Golden Hall'.

·         The first map

·         Appendix on Runes


The History of Middle-Earth VIII
The History of The Lord of The Rings Part 3
The War Of The Ring

·        The Fall of Saruman

·        The Ring Goes East

·        Minas Tirith


The History of Middle-Earth IX
The History of The Lord of The Rings Part 4
Sauron Defeated
·         This book includes the Epilogue that Tolkien wanted for the LOTR,but his publisher rejected.
 Also in this book, are the Notion Club Papers. The Notion Club Papers
is an unfinished novel that dealt with similar themes as The Lost Road.
·        The End of the Third Age 
·        The Notion Club Papers

The History of Middle-Earth X
Morgoth's Ring


·        Ainulindalë II

·        The Annals of Aman

·        The Later Quenta Silmarillion

·        Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth

·        Myths Transformed

The History of Middle-Earth XI
The War of the Jewels


·        The Grey Annals

·        The Later Quenta Silmarillion II

·        The Wanderings of Húrin and other writings

·        Quendi and Eldar


The History of Middle-Earth XII
The Peoples of Middle-Earth
·         This book is the last of the History of Middle-earth series. It includes the beginnings of Tolkien's
·         sequel to LOTR called "A New Shadow" which is only a few pages long.    
·         The Prologue
·         The Appendix on Language
·         The Family Trees
·         The Calendars
·         The History of the Akallabêth 
·         The Tale of Years of the Second Age 
·         The Heirs of Elendil
·         The Tale of Years of the Third Age 
·         The Making of Appendix A 
·         Of Dwarves and Men 
·         The Shibboleth of Fëanor
·         The Problem of Ros 
·         Last Writings 
·         Dangweth Pengoloþ
·         Of Lembas
·         The New Shadow 
·         Tal-Elmar 

Bilbo's Last Song
·         A poem by Bilbo, composed on his way to the Grey Havens. Tolkien wrote this near the end of his life
	and gave it to his secretary as a gift.  


Other Books by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
·         Various poems about Tom Bombadil and other fantastical poems loosely based in  Middle-Earth.
	The second Bombadil poem was written just for this collection.  The other poems come from
The Lord of the Rings and other sources.

Farmer Giles of Ham
·         A story about a farmer who scares away a giant and becomes a reluctant hero to fight off
a dragon.  This is one of Tolkiens more famous shorter works.  

Tree By Niggle
·         A story about a painter spends his life painting the perfect leaf in hopes that he would someday paint the
 most perfect tree But, alas, he never finishes the tree except for the leaf.  And he journeys to a wonderful place
where his tree is real.   This is one of Tolkien's greatest and saddest stories that he ever wrote.
It is very autobiographical and parallels Tolkien's own endless quest to create the perfect Silmarillion.  Alas, 
that never happened in his lifetime.  I am sure that he has completed his masterpiece in his wonderful place.

Smith of Wotton Major
·         A story about a smith who becomes the town's baker's apprentice.  A story Tolkien wrote in the late 60's.

Mr. Bliss

·        The adventure of Mr. Bliss, his automobile and his very peculiar friends.  An early story Tolkien wrote and draw for his children

·        The adventures of a dog named Rover who journeyed to the Moon and under the ocean.
·        Tolkien created this story for his son Michael when his son lost a toy dog during a family holiday.
·         There are some references to Tolkien's Middle-earth mythology, especially to The Book Of Lost Tales.
	This story is a bit rough around the edges, but fun nonetheless.  It was published for the first time
in the 1990's.

The Father Christmas Letters

·         Drawers and letters that Tolkien made for his young children as if they came from Father Christmas
himself..   This is a wonderful collection of whimsical drawings and stories.  Great for the whole family.

Tree and Leaf

·         An anthology of an essay on Fairy Tales, Leaf By Niggle, and the poem Mythopia.   

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

·         Letters written by Tolkien through his lifetime.    This is essential reading for it is rich in info
of the Hobbit, Lord Of the Rings, and the Silmarillion.

Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien

·         Art and drawings by Tolkien, usually depicting scenes from his stories.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

·         Three poems translated by Tolkien.   

Finn and Hengest

·         Tolkien's analysis of the Episode and the Fragment.  This is strictly for the Old English Scholar.

Poems and Stories

·          An anthology of  the Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and various stories like Farmer Giles.

The Road Goes Ever On  with Donald Swan

·          A collection of Tolkien's poetry set to musicIf you know how to play the piano, this is for you.

The Tolkien Reader

·      An anthology of  the Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and various stories like Farmer Giles.
 Similar to Poems And Stories.

The Monsters & The Critics

·         Various essays about Old English (Beowulf), Fairy Tales, etc.   This is for the serious Tolkien and 
and Old English Scholar.

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