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Since 1998, the simple goal for this 'unofficial' homepage for "The Lord of the Rings," by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, is to encourage readers of all ages to take a journey to Middle-earth.

To best achieve this goal, I feel the best use for this site, is to carefully research the currently available editions of Tolkien's works, as well as guides, essays, and other related educational material, sort them all out into the sections listed on the right, hopefully making it as easy as possible to find these books, so that people can experience the peerless masterworks of J.R.R. Tolkien.

"If you want to know the story, you can read the book."

~ Sir Ian McKellen, "The Actors Studio"

If you have yet to read one of Tolkien's books, then I invite you to order a copy of Ballantine's popular Boxed 'Paperback' Collection of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings." You will join millions of people, from all over the world, who have been changed forever by taking their first journey to Middle-earth.

Those who have already made the journey to Middle-earth, and hunger for more, you will enjoy reading "The Silmarillion," Tolkien's epic history of the First Age of Middle-earth, and "The Children of Húrin", the first complete book by Tolkien since the 1977 posthumous release of "The Silmarillion."

You can also download 'e-book' editions of "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings," "The Silmarillion," and "The Children of Húrin".

These digital versions of Tolkien's works can be read on personal computers, smartphones, or tablets, but I really feel they are best read on dedicated devices like the Kindle.

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NEWS, REVIEWS, UPDATES

  • "The Fall of Arthur"

    Houghton Mifflin has released "The Fall of Arthur," the world's first publication of a previously unknown work by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the extraordinary story of the final days of England's legendary hero, King Arthur.

    "The Fall of Arthur" recounts in verse the last campaign of King Arthur who, even as he stands at the threshold of Mirkwood is summoned back to Britain by news of the treachery of Mordred. Already weakened in spirit by Guinevere's infidelity with the now-exiled Lancelot, Arthur must rouse his knights to battle one last time against Mordred's rebels and foreign mercenaries.

    Powerful, passionate and filled with vivid imagery, "The Fall of Arthur" reveals Tolkien's gift for storytelling at its brilliant best. Originally composed by J.R.R. Tolkien in the 1930s, this work was set aside for The Hobbit and has lain untouched for 80 years.

    Now it has been edited for publication by Tolkien's son, Christopher, who contributes three illuminating essays that explore the literary world of King Arthur, reveal the deeper meaning of the verses and the painstaking work that his father applied to bring it to a finished form, and the intriguing links between The Fall of Arthur and his greatest creation, Middle-earth.

    "The Fall of Arthur" is available in 'Hardcover', and 'E-book' formats.

  • "Hobbitus Ille"

    In the great tradition of publishing famous children's books in Latin, professional classicist and lifelong Tolkien fan Mark Walker provides this deft translation of "The Hobbit." His attention to detail, including the transformation of Tolkien's songs and verses into classical Latin metres, will fascinate and entertain readers of all ability, even those with only a minimal acquaintance with the language.

    "Hobbitus Ille" is available in 'Hardcover' and 'E-Book' formats.

Outside of the truly important items of interest to Tolkien fans that I post here, I'll post other news, reviews, and announcements, on An Unofficial Weblog for The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I've also setup a 'Twitter' and 'Facebook' page where I'll post news and announcements to as well.

We're also proud to be the host of The Tolkien Forum. Founded in 1998, it is now one of the Internet's oldest message boards dedicated discussions and deliberations about the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.