Tolkien Reading Day 2021 is on Thursday, March 25, 2021: What order to read Tolkien?


Thursday, March 25, 2021 is Tolkien Reading Day 2021.

Tolkien Reading Day

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What order to read Tolkien?


If you haven't seen the film, then I would recommend watching the extended version first. Great film.

Then read The Hobbit, which is a delightful YA novel. This would be followed by TLOTR.

I would also pick up the Atlas of Middle-earth. This is a grand way to follow the characters thru the books.

After the books you have mentioned, there is the 12 volume set of the History of M-e. I've read parts of it.

If interested, I can provide you with a short bibliography of books I've read and enjoyed.

For a more or less complete list of Tolkien's work check out

I hope, this helps.

Elen síla lúmenn' omentielvo!

Pippin, the wandering hobbit

Thain Peregrin Took II

Great Smials

Tookborough, The Shire

What would be a good book I could read to impress my honors English teacher?

What would be a good book I could read to impress my honors English teacher?

One thing a friend and I started to last year is to tackle down the 100 books the BBC recommended as "must reads" in your life. You will find classics there, children books and even Harry Potter.

You could choose one of the list - and even if it is an "easy read" you have a very smart intro to your presentation. You could argue that although not all books might fit your taste, it gives you personal pleasure to widen your horizon with that "classic" you where always bit scared to touch, or the pleasure of indulging in a children story that you missed as a kid. Plus it is a damn good feeling to cross one more book of that list...Plus it really offers you a wide spread of books.

You can also start your presentation with "For quite some time I had this book on my personal list of works I should indulge in, but I never thought this book to be a "must read" intellectual wise. So when I saw it on the "Top 100 list" of the BBC I went to buy it the next day- ....

It gives you a smart intro already so even if you would choose Winnie the Pooh (which is on that list) I think your teacher will still be intrigued by your way of choosing it - still although I adore the Bear - I don't recommend to take that ;-)

Personally I would go for something like:

His Dark Materials - Philipp Pullmann (so I think the first book would suffice, and it fits your general genre of books you really like to read for pleasure - I LOVED it by the way, great fantasy stories, the movie is not making it justice)

The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (if you like fantasy it is something you have to read)

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (so many versions of it, but the original is still the best...and due to the popularity of the story an easy read)

Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer (funny fantasy story, the first of a series, I thoroughly enjoyed it - but would put the Pullmann works ahead of Colfers...)

If you want something more classic, I liked

How to kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee ( I consider it an easy read and really enjoyed the story-although it is not my typical genre)

So the other ones I know -so far- from the list are not "easy reads" or quite big (not sure how much time you have for the assignment...) so if you want to go for BBC that would be my choice

If you want to go for another direction, some of my favorite "make you feel smart books"

Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Haddon writes out of the perspective of Christopher Boone, a high functioning autistic boy. The story has so many highlights, fun episodes and sweet insights that every page is worth reading it. - btw: if you don't choose it for you assignment read it anyway!)

Yann Martel - Life of Pi (Pi Patel is shipwrecked on a small rescueboat for 227 days with a Bengal tiger...initially there were more animals on board ;-) ... Pi had beforehand discovered Hinduism, Christianity and Islam for himself and while practicing all of them shows us spiritual and practical s not a religious book per se, I think you must read it to fully get it ... and I definitely felt smarter once I finished it)

Malcolm Gladwell - Outliers - the story of success (it is non-fiction book and I would have never touched it, if it wouldn't have been recommended to me. I finished the whole thing within approximately 12 hours of touching it for the first time. I can not describe it in short, as it tackles quite different sections of success, but it is so well written, so exciting to read (which factors played together to make Bill Gates "Bill Gates" / why are significantly more professional Ice Hockey Players in the US/Canada born in Jan/Feb/Mar) and insightful, smart and addictive that I think you can truly impress your teacher with this one. And don't worry, it's not one of these "self help books" it is just truly an easy, smart entertaining couple of hours you will have with this book


I hope there's something in the mix for you :-) Enjoy reading

what is the best book to read this day and age?

what is the best book to read this day and age?

Read these this year

Children of Men by PD James

Wide Sargassa Sea by Jean Rhys

Dissolution by C J Sansom

The Gospel of the Second Coming by Freke and Gandy

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

Fish out of Water by MaryJanice Davidson – book 3 of Fred The Mermaid series

Morrigans Cross - Nora Roberts

Dance of the Gods by Nora Roberts

Valley of Silence by Nora Roberts

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

Folly by Alan Titchmarsh – 3 times

Diva’s Don’t Knit by Gil McNeill

The Reader by Bernard Schlink - Twice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – 3 times

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien - 4 Times

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

Could it be Forever - David Cassidy

Marked by PC Cast

Agatha Raisin and the Love From Hell

Needles and Pearls by Gil Mc Neil

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence - 12 times!

Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Scott Fitzgerald

West End Girls by Jenny Colgan

Fallen Angels by Bernard Cornwall

The Coldest Blood by Jim Kelly

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Just after Sunset by Stephen King - Twice

Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs - twice

Poison Study by Marie V Snyder

Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

The Secret by Rhona Byrne

The City of Thieves by David Benioff

All These Lonely People by Gervase Phinn

Girl Meets Ape by Chris Manby

The Bronte Project by Jennifer Vandever

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

Agnes Grey by Ann Bronte

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne

The House of the Vampire by George Sylvester Viereck

39 Steps by John Buchan

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

The Blue Hour – A Portrait of Jean Rhys Lilian Pizzinchi

The Vampire Maid

The Queen and I by Sue Townsend

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Harry Potter Series 1-7 by JK Rowling

My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle

Mr Macgreggor by Alan Titchmarsh

The Last Lighthouse Keeper by Alan Titchmarsh

Animal Instincts by Alan Titchmarsh

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Love and Dr Devon by Alan Titchmarsh

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Only Dad by Alan Titchmarsh

World Without End by Ken Follett

Miss Chopsticks by Xinran

The Eyre affair by Jasper Fforde

The Den of Shadows Quartet by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Faces of Fear by John Saul

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter

Mr Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange

The Wind Singer by William Nicholson

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

The Raven by Edgar Alan Poe

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