title
 Reference Index    Main Index

Reading Tolkien Chronologically
A Suggested Reading List

If you have not read all the books yet, or have only read through once, you may not want to try this! It could get too confusing. On the other hand, if you are fairly familiar with the books, it's an interesting way to read it all. I find it puts it all together, like reading history.

- by Linaewen

Ainulindale (S)

Valaquenta (S)

Quenta Silmarillion (S)
Chap 21 "Of Turin Turambar" [read also "Narni Hin Hurin" & appendix UT)]
Chap 23 "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin" [read also "Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin"]

History of Middle-earth

S = The Silmarillion
UT = Unfinished Tales of
    Numenor and Middle-earth
LOTR = Lord of the Rings
FOTR = Fellowship of the Ring
TTT = The Two Towers
ROTK = Return of the King

The Druedain (UT)

The History of Galadriel & Celeborn (UT)
Main section
Appendix C : "The Boundaries of Lorien"
Appendix E : "The Names of Galadriel & Celeborn"

Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age (S)
[Read up to the destruction of Numenor & Sauron's withdrawal to Mordor]

Description of the Island of Numenor (UT)

The Line of Elros (UT)

Aldarion and Erendis (UT)

History of Galadriel & Celeborn : Appendix D : "Lond Daer"

Akallabeth (S)

Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age (S)
[Read from destruction of Numenor to Defeat of Sauron by Isildur]

History of Galadriel & Celeborn (UT)
Appendix A : "The Silvan Elves & their Speech"
Appendix B : "The Sindarin Princes of the Silvan Elves"

Lord of the Rings Appendix A (ROTK)
[Read Annals of the Kings 1st part & Numenorean Kings,(i) Numenor]

The Disaster of the Gladden Fields and appendix (UT)

The Istari (UT)

History of Galadriel & Celeborn : "The Elessar" [end of main section] (UT)

Lord of the Rings Appendix A (ROTK)
(ii) Realms in Exile
(iii) Eriador, Arnor, Heirs of Isildur
(iv) Gondor & the Heirs of Anarion
The Stewards [read up to Cirion and the Oath of Eorl]

Cirion & Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan (UT)

Lord of the Rings Appendix A (ROTK)
The House of Eorl
The Stewards [read from Beren 19th steward to Turgon]
Tale of Aragorn & Arwen [read to death of Gilraen]
The Stewards [read from Ecthelion II to end of section]
Durin's Folk [read through discussion of Dis and dwarf women]

Lord of the Rings Appendix B : "The Tale of Years" (ROTK)
[read through year 2939, Third Age]

History of Middle-earth

S = The Silmarillion
UT = Unfinished Tales of
    Numenor and Middle-earth
LOTR = Lord of the Rings
FOTR = Fellowship of the Ring
TTT = The Two Towers
ROTK = Return of the King

The Quest of Erebor and appendix (UT)

The Hobbit

Lord of the Rings Appendices C through F (ROTK)

Lord of the Rings Prologue (FOTR)

The Hunt for the Ring (UT)

Fellowship of the Ring (LOTR vol. 1)

The Battles of the Fords of Isen and appendix (UT)

The Two Towers (LOTR vol. 2)

The Palantiri (UT)

Return of the King (LOTR vol. 3)

Lord of the Rings Appendix B : "The Tale of Years" (ROTK)
[read from year 2941 to end]

Lord of the Rings Appendix A
Tale of Aragorn & Arwen [read from War of Ring to death of Arwen]
Durin's Folk [read last paragraphs concerning Gimli after the War of the Ring]



Top