In light of doing the Middle Earth Challenge I inflicted upon myself. I’ve had a few people as me what would be the best order into which you should read these novels.
I have to say this is the best line I have found so far. Plus I love the fact that the author takes the time to explain why and personal side stories. So if you want to dive into the Middle Earth, this is a good stop to make a list of what you need to read.
Thank you Daniel Stride for making this list!!!
The question of Tolkienian reading order has popped up in a couple of places recently. It’s a basic question, but a fair enough one too – fifteen years after the last Jackson Rings film came out, there is now an entire generation who know the story from that source, rather than the original. And, well, The Fall of Gondolin has come out since I offered my opinion on The History of Middle-earth series – my earlier advice to read Book of Lost Tales Volume II is now redundant.
My opinion, as far as the Middle-earth texts go:
- The Hobbit. – I myself read The Hobbit after The Lord of the Rings, but while it is perfectly do-able, I think it’s a mistake. Reading The Hobbit first will give much more insight into certain aspects of Rings (such as the grief at the tomb of Balin), plus it’s less likely to…
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