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Old 12-12-03, 08:08 PM
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In what order should I read the books?

I thought this would be better here than in the Book forum for obvious reasons

The Hobbit
FOTR
TTT
ROTK
Verimillion aka The Silmarillion
The Lost Tales
The Appendices
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What others should I read? There's Appendices also right? Any good editions?

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Old 12-12-03, 08:31 PM
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Verimillion? Perhaps you mean The Silmarillion?

EDIT: And to contribute to the topic, I'd say you've got them in the right order: Hobbit; Lord of the Rings; Silmarillion.

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Yeah, that should keep you busy for some time. Caiman has the order right.

The Lost Tales could be next, but you don't have to worry about that for now.
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I never made it through the Simarillion, nor do I personally know anyone who was able to finish it. Given that I was 12 when I tried may be partly to blame. I may try again soon.
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I never made it through the Simarillion, nor do I personally know anyone who was able to finish it. Given that I was 12 when I tried may be partly to blame. I may try again soon.
I picked up the Book of Lost Tales Volume 1 and it was even worse. Really early works, all early history of the elves, told as if someone was telling a tale, not as if it were happening.

I've read bits and pieces of the Slimarillion. Heavy stuff, but some real gems await for the persistent and the patient.
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One correction to the order: The Appendices are included at the end of ROTK, and are the most relevent to LOTR, so those should be read before The Silmarillion, The Lost Tales, or any of the other material published after Tolkien's death.

So I think the proper reading order is

The Hobbit

The Lord of the Rings, consisting of:
* Fellowship of the Ring
* The Two Towers
* Return of the King
* The Appendices

The Silmarillion

The History of Middle-earth, consisting of:
* The Book of Lost Tales #1
* The Book of Lost Tales #2
* The Lays of Beleriand
* The Shaping of Middle-earth
* The Lost Road
* The Return of the Shadow
* The Treason of Isengard
* The War of the Ring
* Sauron Defeated: The End of the Third Age
* Morgoth's Ring
* The War of the Jewels
* The Peoples of Middle-earth
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After Silmarillion I'd read Unfinished Tales of Middle-earth and the Letters of JRR Tolkien before tackling the History of Middle-earth.

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